SHEILA Dixit, former Delhi Chief Minister for three successive terms, has been appointed President of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee succeeding Ajay Maken. The Union Territory of had been the stronghold of the BJP and the Congress till AAM Aadmi Party headed by Arvind Kejriwal formed government in Delhi in February 2015 , both the national parties are struggling hard to wrest their bastion . Sheila Dikshit, 80, and ailing, Friday met the three working presidents and took stock of the party affairs in the national capital. According to party sources, Dikshit will officially take charge from January 16.She was appointed as the Delhi party unit head by Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday. Devender Yadav, Rajesh Lilothia and Haroon Yusuf were appointed as working presidents to assist the former Delhi chief minister.”The meeting focused on setting priorities and fixing responsibilities of office-bearers in view of the approaching Lok Sabha elections. The ways to strengthen the party unit were also discussed in the meeting,” the party leader’s said.The new team headed by Dikshit is yet to decide on the possibility of alliance with the AAP. Dikshit had after her appointment on Thursday told reporters that she would react on the issue (of alliance) after understanding the situation from top to down. Meanwhile, sources said most of the party leaders believe Congress is “prepared” to challenge the BJP on its own in the upcoming general elections. A final decision on Congress’ alliance with other parties will be taken by the committee headed by A K Antony, they added. Delhi has seven Lok Sabha seats which are represented by BJP. Question remains whether Congress will perform better than in 2014 LS poll, as Ram Singh Jatav (name changed) said Delhiites are reserving their opinion about the maverick politician Kejriwal (pic courtesy to India Today).