Former Delhi Congress president Arvinder Singh Lovely today joined the BJP and lashed out at the leadership of his former party, saying it has “died” under them.
Delhi Youth Congress president Amit Malik also joined the BJP along with Lovely after meeting party chief Amit Shah.
The switch by Lovely, who was a key minister in the Sheila Dikshit-led Delhi government, into the saffron fold comes less than a week ahead of the crucial MCD polls.
“The child has died. The party is finished,” he told reporters, referring to the Congress.
He also referred to the allegations made by state Congress veteran A K Walia that tickets for MCD elections were being sold by party leaders.
“Nobody took note of his grievances. Several leaders in the Congress are feeling suffocated for the past two years,” he said.
Reacting to the development, the Delhi Congress chief, Ajay Maken broke down in an ABP programme.
He said that he was surprised over the development because Lovely was campaigning for the party in the MCD polls until last night.
Maken said he was hurt by Lovely’s decision adding that he didn’t quite know what to comment on a a person who gives up his ideology for political gains.
Rubbishing Lovely’s reported attacks for the Gandhi family, Maken said that it was the last minute intervention of Sonia Gandhi that had prevented his sacking from Sheila Dikshit’s government.
“I know for sure that Sheila ji wanted to drop him, but Sonia ji intervened. Congress gave him so much. He became the youngest minister in our party and remained so for 10 years. Now he’s chosen to compromise with his ideology. What can I say?”
Leaving the Congress when its days are not “as pleasant” is a “betrayal”, former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said after the party’s former Delhi unit chief Arvinder Singh Lovely joined the BJP.
Terming it as “sad”, Dikshit said Lovely got political “honour and respect” from the grand old party and was not only a minister but also the party’s Delhi chief.
“Its a sad news. He got political honour and respect from Congress and was not only a minister but was also made Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president.
“He has left Congress when its days are not as pleasant as they used to be once. I think this a betrayal,” Dikshit told a news channel.
(With additional inputs from PTI)