Sheila Dixit Former Delhi CM is set to release her Autobiography. Reveals interesting details of her experience during Delhi election Campaign, face-off with Sushma Swaraj, and her ambitious CNG scheme which she calls as ‘Nightmare’
Sheila Dixit served the longest period as Chief Minister from 1988 to 2013. It is an absolutely remarkable journey to make a place in politics, mostly dominated by men.
In her autobiography, Sheila Dixit shared about her neutral personality which favored her for Delhi election campaign. She also shared her ‘overcoming shyness’ moment while campaigning in Chandni Chowk, old Delhi beating a thali with rolling pin.
“My advantage, I assumed, was that I was not encumbered by political baggage. Unlike the other Delhi leaders, who were closely identified with one or another community such as Jats or Gujjars, or associated with the violence that had rocked Delhi in the wake of Indira Gandhi’s assassination, I had a neutral persona. Congressmen who were facing court cases to do with the 1984 anti-Sikh violence were also kept away from the election campaign.”
Another important event and turning point in the campaign was the face-off with Sushma Swaraj (now External Affairs Minister)
Sheila Dixit shared Sushma dramatically announced that she would keep awake at nights to ensure that Delhi remained safe, that she would go from police station to police station at night to see if the police was vigilant. I replied, ‘Sushmaji, I should perhaps tell you that the police do not fall within your jurisdiction. Then why do you want to waste your time and lose your precious sleep in vain?’ That response got the audience on its feet.”
She further shared about the chapter in her book ‘My First Reforms’ where she mentions about her ambitious ‘CNG Schemes’ and referred as ‘Nightmare’ as it faced a lot of difficulties right from the beginning.
“It was a nightmare. While DTC was phasing out part of its fleet, there were not enough CNG buses to replace them. The citizens of Delhi had to bear the inconvenience. The lack of buses hit schools hard, and school children and their parents even harder. Bus stops were overflowing. There were long queues lasting eight to ten hours in the few CNG fuelling stations that had become operational.”
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