Former Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely comes back in Congress

A prominent member of Sheila Dikshit's cabinet and former Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely, who had joined BJP in the run-up to the municipal elections in April a year ago, returned to the Congress on Saturday. After joining the BJP, Lovely had lashed out at the Congress leadership terming the party 'dead'.

Rahul's immediate task is to end factionalism in the party units in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, where leaders believe that Congress stands a good chance to defeat the BJP in the year-end Assembly elections.

Welcoming Lovely's decision, former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit said, "Mujhe kaafi accha lag raha hai ki woh waapis aagaye hain". It was a weak moment for me.

PC Chacko, in-charge for Delhi and Maken are speaking to media today on Lovely's return to the party.

A four-time MLA, Lovely was first elected to the Delhi Legislative Assembly in 1998.

According to News18, the former Delhi Congress chief's return is seen as a bolster for the party ahead of the Delhi bypolls where 20 seats are up for grabs. Dikshit, who had expressed pain at Lovely's moving to BJP past year, welcomed his return.

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.

Maken, for his part, confessed that he had made mistakes as the PCC President leaving room for improvements while communicating with party colleagues. On Saturday he said "differences arising out of lack of communication have been resolved and hence I am back to where I belong, to work for the Congress". Congress leader Ajay Maken confirmed the news. They want a unified Congress to serve them.

  • Joey Payne