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Tytler back to Sheila bashing

Tytler back to Sheila bashing

Author: Rajesh Kumar
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: April 11, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/168827/Tytler-back-to-Sheila-bashing.html

'My son is a fashion designer and not interested in politics'

Ousted Congress candidate from North-East Delhi parliamentary constituency Jagdish Tytler has got into a chameleon act. He was singing paeans to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit while pursuing the ticket and also during the campaign, but started attacking her soon after the party decided to drop him as the party candidate after widespread public outcry.

A bitter Tytler on Friday accused rivals within the Delhi Congress of scuttling his candidature. Tytler, a four-time MP who does not share best of relations with Sheila Dikshit, however, did not want to name anybody specifically when asked if he was hinting at the Chief Minister. "How can I speak the names," said Tytler, when asked if he could identify the persons.

"It's a political conspiracy against me to save the real culprits of anti-Sikh riots of 1984. The entire drama was politically motivated. It was an Akali-BJP campaign against me. Somebody in my party may also be part of it. Someone who does not like me played a trick. They painted me as a bad man," he said. Asked whether he thought Dikshit would be happy with the development, he said, "You should ask her". In an interview to The Pioneer on April 8, 2009, Tytler had showered praises on Sheila and had stated that she is the tallest leader in Delhi Congress.

Sources close to the Congress leader said Tytler was bitter about the entire episode and felt that Dikshit was a major player and was behind the CBI clean chit to him just before the poll. Sources said Tytler also wondered on the timing of the CBI moving the court as no one was expecting such a move so soon.

"Probably, I was getting too big for my boots in my own party," he said, adding that he was referring to the Delhi Congress and not the national leadership. On whether Dikshit had become stronger in the party after her third consecutive term as the Chief Minister, Tytler merely said, "I really thought so. She has come to stay long."

Tytler said he would not like to have a fight with Dikshit as her son Sandeep Dikshit was contesting the election. "I would not like to fight with her, because her son has been fighting from that area. So, I did not want to give a wrong signal," he told a private TV channel.

The Congress on Thursday withdrew the candidature of Tytler and Sajjan Kumar from the electoral fray as the ghost of the 1984 riots returned to haunt the party. Tytler said he would like to work for the party and had got an assurance that his services would be utilised. "I would like to campaign for the party if I am asked to."

He said he might meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday night to explain his stand to her. Asked whether his son was a contender for the Delhi North-East seat, he said, "Never. He (Sidharth Tytler) is a fashion designer and is not interested in politics." The senior Congress leader said that the perpetrators of the 1984 riots should be punished. "Whoever has been found guilty should be hanged," he said.

On whether the Congress' poll prospects would suffer due to the withdrawal of his and Sajjan Kumar's candidature, he said, "I know, but I can't talk about it." Asked if he might be consulted during selection of new candidates for his erstwhile constituency, he said, "I have no idea."

"If party asks to work for organisation, I am ready to do it," he said. Tytler said media was not blaming the leaders of BJP leaders who were involved in the 84 riots. "How a proclaimed offender (Jasbir Singh) was allowed to go USA? Who cleared his visa," he asked. Tytler stayed put at his residence at 3, Rakab Ganj on Friday, discussed future plans with his supporters. On the other hand, Sajjan Kumar's residence at 16, Ashoka Road wore a deserted look. He was not available for comments. Even, his supporters refused to comment.

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