Congress veteran Sheila Dikshit has been announced as the party’s chief ministerial candidate for next year’s Assembly polls in politically crucial Uttar Pradesh.
Sheila Dikshit was announced Congress party’s face on the basis of advice given by poll strategist Prashant Kishor. He had recommended that Dikshit should play a major role in the party’s poll campaign in the state as she is a prominent Brahmin face and could help Congress regain support of the electorally sizeable community.
The announcement came hours after Dikshit was summoned by the Anti Corruption Bureau in the water tanker scam.
This is how Twitter reacted to the news:
Dikshit has been in the political arena for close to 32 years and this new development means it’s still not over for her
Politicians never retire.. Sheila Dikshit is Cong’s UP CM candidate..— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) July 14, 2016
Sheila Dikshit was a capable administrator.People in Delhi will attest to that and probably prefer her to the clowns running the government.— Satish Viswanathan (@satishv1987) July 14, 2016
But people were just not pleased with the new decision and basically wrote her off
With projection of Sheila as UP CM face, Congress has already conceded defeat. Now they have nothing to lose as Shiela is already a loser.— Sudhanshu (@Sudshek) July 14, 2016
@ndtv Nidhi ji does it make any difference? The results are going to be the same. A beaten Shiela returns to Delhi— Vichu Varma (@wish4u52) July 14, 2016
A sizeable number of Twitter users felt that Sheila Dikshit has been made the proverbial sacrificial lamb to bear the brunt of a Congress loss.
Congress appoints Sheila Dikshit chief blame-taker for UP.— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) July 14, 2016
Sheila Dikshit as UP CM candidate ticks two Congress boxes: 1) Loyalist; 2) Scapegoat— Minhaz Merchant (@minhazmerchant) July 14, 2016
Congress is so neck deep in corruption that no matter who they cant find a leader who is clean.Sheila Dixit is not CM face she’s scapegoat.— Mrityunjay Singh (@indomitablesoul) July 14, 2016
Well, the Gandhi siblings need to be cushioned, right?
@ndtv By pitching 78 yr old Shiela Dikshit in UP, instead of Rahul / Priyanka in their mid-40s, what message is Congress sending to voters ?— Simple Indian (@SimpleIndian1) July 14, 2016
But UP? I think she s being set up to be the punching bag post elections.Another layer shielding the first family.— Satish Viswanathan (@satishv1987) July 14, 2016
Of course, Twitter didn’t lose its humour
If #ShielaDixit is UP CM candidate for Congress then I should become Prez candidate in US from Republicans!— PULKIT KAUL (@PULKITKAUL1) July 14, 2016