Set back for Congress, Arvinder Singh Lovely joins BJP


Reacting to a number of Delhi Congress leaders including its former president Arvinder Singh Lovely switching over to the BJP, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday alleged that even the present Congress chief Ajay Maken was in talks with BJP President Amit Shah for switching over to the saffron party.

"In upcoming the elections, the Delhi people will also give their mandate to the BJP and will also make BJP to win in these three corporation elections also", he added. Almost 10 Congress leaders, including Delhi unit vice-president Sukhbeer Sharma, joined the BJP on Wednesday. He became a Cabinet Minister in Diskhit-led Congress Government in 2003 and also held important portfolios of Education, Tourism, PWD, Transport, Revenue and Power.

In a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Sarma had reportedly written that "family-centric politics" and "lack of democracy" in the party forced him to quit.

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Without naming Lovely, Maken said he got "everything" from the Congress and yet was lured by the BJP for his "lust for power".

Malik, also a former president of Delhi University Student's Union (DUSU), claimed that for the last two and half years, the youth Congress had worked hard to regain party's lost ground in Delhi after its drubbing in the 2015 assembly elections where all its 70 candidates lost the elections. Amit Malik and I showed the courage.

Dikshit had termed the development as "betrayal" by Lovely.

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Lovely did not decide to shift his loyalty in one day or embrace a different ideology in spur of a moment.Dissent and infighting is not rare within a political party. Let us see when do others follow suit.

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.

Naidu said that people of Delhi would give their mandate to the BJP in the MCD polls.

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