After Maken-Sheila Show Of Unity, Arvinder Lovely Rejoins Congress

| February 17 , 2018 , 13:11 IST

Former Minister and State Congress President, Arvinder Singh Lovely, who had left the party and joined BJP has re-joined the Congress party.

Lovely was welcomed back in the party by Rahul Gandhi in the presence of State President Ajay Maken, P.C Chacko and Haroon Yusuf.

Speaking at a press conference after his re-entry, Lovely said his decision to leave the party and join BJP was taken at a moment of emotional weakness. He also added that he was ideologically misfit in BJP and hence did not involve much in the affairs of BJP.

The Congress party, which was a force to reckon in Delhi till 2013 saw a massive rout at the hands of Arvind Kejriwal, led Aam Aadmi Party. The party that had governed Delhi for three consecutive terms was able to garner just 8 seats.

The worst however was yet to come for the Grand old party in the national capital. When fresh elections were held in 2015, the party was out for duck, unable to win a single seat in the 70-member assembly. Its archrival BJP too was damaged by the AAP wave and was able to win just 3 seats. Aam Aadmi Party won 67 seats, more than doubling its seats from 28 seats in 2013.

The period also saw major rifts within the Delhi Congress; Sheila Dixit’s absence from Delhi Politics was a shining example of the same. Counted as a party loyalist and a former PCC President, Arvinder Singh Lovely along with strong youth leaders like Amit Malik joined BJP.

State Congress President Ajay Maken and former Delhi CM Sheila Dixit displayed a show of unity on February 14 in a press conference aimed at highlighting the failures of AAP Government. 

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Speaking at the conference, Maken said that he should have brought Dikshit on board earlier, admitting that he had committed few mistakes but he is rectifying them.

“I admit that I have made few mistakes in the past. When I realised this, I approached Dikshit. My party colleagues were also of the opinion that we should come together and I should rectify my mistakes. As Delhi Congress president, I should have done this before municipal elections,” Maken said.

With all the state leaders of the party showing a joint face, the party can be hopeful of better prospects in the days to come.