Former Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely comes back in Congress

Arvinder Singh Lovely

Arvinder Singh Lovely

Arvinder Singh Lovely, who quit the Congress just before the crucial MCD polls previous year to join the BJP, has returned to his parent party. The move comes ahead of Delhi bypolls for 20 Assembly segements after the AAP MLAs were disqualified in the office of profits case.

"Quitting Congress and joining BJP was not a happy decision for me". It was a weak moment for me. "He has been the former Delhi unit chief and a former Minister in the Delhi government", Maken added.

At a press conference in the AICC headquarters, Mr Lovely said he was ideologically misfit in BJP and had realised this the very next day after he joi-ned the saffron party.

Born in a Sikh family, Lovely had been active in politics since 1987.

Mr Lovely had quit the outfit on his own after he had differences with former Union minister Ajay Maken, who had replaced him as the party head before the Assembly elections in 2015.

A popular leader, Lovely had joined the BJP ahead of last year's civic polls in the capital.

Lovely had joined the BJP in April in 2017 raking up allegations of bribery in ticket distribution for the MCD polls by the Congress and claimed that many senior Congress leaders were feeling "suffocated" as the party is no longer what it used to be after a meeting with BJP chief Amit Shah. "The child is dead". The former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit expressed her happiness over the rejoining of Lovely's into the Congress party.

The defeat of the Congress prompted the party leadership to rework its strategies and send clear instructions to end factionalism to take on an aggressive BJP. Somebody who lost his election deposit in 2015, was foisted on the party, he had said.

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