Delhi Congress Chief and party senior leader Ajay Maken resigned from his position on Thursday (Jan 3) citing health issues.

Party sources said Maken met Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday (Jan 3) evening to hand over his resignation, which was accepted. He had earlier expressed his desire to resign from his position because of deteriorating health but his resignation was not accepted by the party high command then.

“After the 2015 Vidan Sabha elections, as the Delhi Congress chief, I have received a lot of love from Delhi Congress workers, the media covering the party and from our party head Rahul Gandhi ji. In these difficult times, it was not easy. I thank you all for everything,” Maken tweeted today (Friday, Jan 4) morning.

AICC Delhi in-charge PC Chacko told HT, “Ajay Maken had resigned in September but was asked to continue. Now, he was again asked if he wanted to continue or be relieved of the responsibilities. He insisted on being relieved. So, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has accepted his resignation and we are now looking for his replacement.”

Meanwhile, a senior leader of Delhi Congress said it is likely that former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit will take over the position and work towards strengthening the party’s prospects in the national capital for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and the assembly elections of 2020.

But her name has not been officially announced and party has not yet finalized anybody for Maken’s replacement.