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Sheila Dikshit dissolves 280 block committees

New Delhi: Former Chief Minister and Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit on Friday met party President Rahul Gandhi to discuss the reasons for the party's defeat in the national capital in the Lok Sabha elections. Later, DPCC chief dissolved all the 280 block committees in Delhi from immediate effect. Dikshit took this decision keeping in line with the report submitted by the five-member fact finding committee constituted for the Lok Sabha elections 2019. According to sources, the meeting was also attended by Congress candidates Ajay Maken, Mahabal Mishra, J.P. Agarwal, Rajesh Lilothia and Arvinder Singh Lovely as well as P.C. Chacko, who is the Congress in-charge of Delhi. Dikshit was also a candidate.

The Congress, which was defeated by the BJP on all seven Lok Sabha seats in the capital, also discussed the preparedness for the Assembly elections early next year. In this meeting the Congress president Rahul Gandhi advised Senior leaders to put up a united face before the opposition in the upcoming Assembly elections next year. Gandhi was also urged by leaders of the Delhi unit to reconsider his decision to step down as party chief but the former did not show any signs of relenting, a senior Delhi Congress leader present in the meeting said. Gandhi asked leaders to avoid giving statements to the media that could hurt the interests of the party, he said.

Besides Diskhit, AICC incharge of Delhi Congress, PC Chacko and the party candidates who contested the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls in the capital were present in the meeting. "The Delhi Congress leaders discussed the upcoming Assembly elections with Rahul Gandhi, who asked them to put up a united face before the opposition during the polls," the leader said.

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