Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Jai Prakash Agarwal has said that his priority was to strengthen the party in the state. He took charge of president of the state party from Ram Babu Sharma at a function here today.

Agarwal, Rajya Sabha MP, promised to take all the party workers along to consolidate the reach of the party. He exhorted the party workers to work towards strengthening the Congress as his aim was to keep the party flag fluttering high. The party would leave no stone unturned to popularise the achievements of the Central and state governments.

Prominent among those on the occasion were All India Congress Committee general secretary and in-charge of Delhi Affairs Ashok Gehlot, Congress Working Committee member R. K. Dhawan, AICC secretary J. D. Seelam, Major Ved Prakash, Major Sdalbir Singh, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Delhi Assembly Speaker Chaudhary Prem Singh, union cabinet minister Kapil Sibbal, MPs Jagdish Tytler, Sajjan Kumar, Krishna Tirath, Sandeep Dikshit, Delhi ministers, A. K. Walia, Dr. Yoganand Shastri, Raj Kumar Chauahan, Hroon Yusuf, Arvinder Singh Lovely and Mangat Ram Singhal, Leader of Opposition in the MCD Jai Kishan Sharma and all councillors and youth leaders. Addressing the party workers Aggarwal said that during last one and half years the people of Delhi had to face some difficulties but the Central and state governments worked towards finding lasting solutions to these problems. Various programmes would be chalked out to strengthen the party at the grassroot level in the national Capital to widen the party base.

Ashok Gehlot said that the Congress party was moving towards the direction of achieving a big victory in the Delhi Assembly elections due at the end of 2008. Victory of the NSUI candidates in the Delhi University Student Union elections was a pointer to the Congress party’s bright chance in the assembly elections. Under the leadership of Jai Prakash Agarwal the party was fully prepared to face a any kind of testing situation.

Sheila Dikshit said that J. P. Aggarwal was a very important link between the old and new leadership of the party and it would be very easy and feasible for him to establish a better working relationship with them. In the leadership of Aggarwal the party would emerge victorious in the coming assembly elections, she hoped.

Tribune News Service