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Cong candidates skip meet to examine Delhi LS poll debacle

New Delhi: None of the Congress' seven Lok Sabha election candidates from the national capital attended the Saturday meeting of a party committee on examining the poll debacle in Delhi.

The meeting of the Delhi Congress' probe committee was attended by some leaders, including two district presidents of the New Delhi parliamentary constituency, but no MP candidate from the party was available as many of them are out of the city, committee member Yoganand Shastri said.

The panel, which was formed by the party's Delhi president Sheila Dikshit last Monday to look into the reasons behind its poor performance in the general elections, had met last week.

The five-member committee will submit its report to the Dikshit in 10 days.

Besides Dikshit, who contested from North East Delhi, Rajesh Lilothia and Vijender Singh, Congress candidates from North West Delhi and South Delhi, respectively, have appeared before the committee so far. All the seven Congress candidates lost the Lok Sabha polls, to their BJP rivals. "The party leaders and workers have expressed the view that the Congress can spring up a surprise in the assembly pols in Delhi, provided everyone unites to face the challenge," Shastri said.

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