Arvinder Singh Lovely back in Congress fold ahead of bypoll

Faith Castro
February 18, 2018

The Congress on Saturday welcomed former Delhi unit chief Arvinder Singh Lovely back into the party, a move that is seen as a signal to other leaders who left the organisation for greener pastures.

Earlier, Lovely met Congress president Rahul Gandhi at his residence along with Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken.

"Ideologically, I was a misfit in the BJP", Lovely added.

Lovely joined the BJP on April 4, 2017 and lashed out at the leadership of Congress, saying it has "died" under them.

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"Quitting Congress and joining BJP was not a happy decision for me".

Unperturbed over Mr Lovely rejoining Congress, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari told this newspaper that it was the former city minister's decision to join BJP. Elected to the assembly from Gandhi Nagar seat for the first time in 1998, he had not lost a single election.

Lovely had joined the BJP in April previous year, who had raked up allegations of bribery in ticket distribution for the MCD polls by the Congress and asserted after meeting chief Amit Shah that many senior Congress leaders were feeling "suffocated" as the party is no longer what it was used to be. The by-elections in these seats was necessitated after the EC recommended disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit while serving as parliamentary secretaries between March 13, 2015, and September 8, 2016. The re-joining of Arvinder Singh Lovely was witnessed by the senior Congress leader Ajay Makan along with other Congress leaders. Lovely has served as a key minister in the Sheila Dikshit-led Delhi government. "We will fight unitedly in Delhi", he said.

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