Allahabad: Congress high command's decision to drop the names of Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar from its list of candidates has quite a few takers within the party. Delhi's Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had said it’s a sensible move. She was speaking to the CNN-IBN while campaigning in Allahabad.
CNN-IBN: You were always seen as someone who opposed the nomination of Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar because you were always seen as someone who supported the fact that the Congress is sensitive to the Sikhs. Is it a moral victory for Sheila Dikshit, the chief minister?
Sheila Dikshit: No, no. It's no personal victory for me at all because I am one of those who will abide by what the high command says and on the winnability of the candidates.
CNN-IBN: There is no proof against them, but there has been alleged involvement. There have been eye-witnesses saying so. Why were these candidates, then fielded at all in the first place? Why did it take a shoe-gate (to withdraw their names from the list of candidates)?
Sheila Dikshit: I would like to remind all of you that these two very candidates won with thumping majorities last time.
CNN-IBN: How does this change the election scene in Delhi and in Punjab to some extent?
Sheila Dikshit: Well I certainly hope that the negative impact it (the nomination of Tytler and Sajjan Kumar) that it seems to have had in Punjab, will no longer be there. What is the opposition going to say now? What is the BJP or the Akali Dal going to say now? So, in Delhi also we have got to chose two new candidates and let us hope that the right decision will be taken.