Sheila Dikshit to be Congress's CM candidate for Uttar Pradesh

The former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has been chosen as the Congress chief ministerial candidate for Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections which will be held in 2017, according to sources. The party has also appointed on Thursday actor-turned-politician Raj Babbar as the party president in the poll-bound state. Babbar has replaced Nirmal Khatri.

"I am a bahu of Uttar Pradesh and there's no retirement age in politics," Dikhsit, 78, had earlier told media persons.

According to top sources, Priyanka Gandhi has still not taken any decision on leading the election campaign in Uttar Pradesh. "She is unlikely to join active politics at least for next two years," revealed sources.

However, many Congress leaders also feel that another Brahmin and former union minister Jitin Prasad could have been a better choice as the 42-year-old leader could have connected better with the young voters.

Some leaders in the party are also apprehensive that allegations of corruption and an FIR against her in connection with the water-tanker scandal of Delhi will go against Dikhsit. But party high command seems to have ignored it.