Dikshit rules Congress charts

If the Congress had a pecking order of chief ministers, Sheila Dikshit may well be on top at the moment. Dikshit, who led the party to a spectacular hat-trick victory in last year’s Delhi assembly polls, is a sought after campaigner for the party.

She is the only chief minister to have been included in the 19-member organising committee to celebrate the 125th annivarsary of the party. Preparations are already under way for the quasquicentennial event and the party will be organising different programmes throughout 2010.

While Y.S. Rajshekahar Reddy, a chief minister with considerable clout at 10, Janpath, died in a helicopter crash in September this year, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has lost some favour with Congress president Sonia Gandhi because of the party’s less-than-expected performance in last month’s assembly polls. So Dikshit it is.