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DELHI chief minister Sheila Dikshit's charm failed to win over voters in the assembly bypolls.

The party lost the Okhla seat in south Delhi to the RJD and the Dwarka seat in west Delhi, a Congress stronghold, to the BJP. BJP leader V. K. Malhotra said the defeat of Congress candidates showed Dikshit has failed to deliver on all fronts.

The CM chose to downplay the loss, saying it " doesn't make any difference". But the defeat in Okhla is bound to pinch her.

The Congress was on a sticky wicket here for not heeding to the popular demand for a judicial probe into the Batla House encounter. Dikhsit and her MP son Sandeep campaigned extensively. But RJD's Asif Mohammad Khan trounced the Congress candidate by over 5,000 votes.

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