Delhi: After a nine-month stint with the Bharatiya Janata Party, Arvinder Singh Lovely re-joined Congress on Saturday. Congress leader Ajay Maken confirmed the news.
“Ideologically main wahaan (BJP) misfit tha (Ideologically, I was a misfit there),” said the 49-year-old former Delhi minister of education and transport.
“Mere liye koi khushi ka nirnay (leaving Congress, joining BJP) nahi tha. Peedha mein liya hua decision tha woh (It was not a joyous decision for me. It was a decision taken under distress),” said Lovely.
The Congress party held a press conference in Delhi to announce Lovely's return.
— Congress (@INCIndia) February 17, 2018
Several Congress leaders took to Twitter to congratulate Lovely.
— Ajay Maken (@ajaymaken) February 17, 2018
— Gaurav Gogoi (@GauravGogoiAsm) February 17, 2018
— Sheila Dikshit (@SheilaDikshit) February 15, 2018
Lovely had joined the BJP in April last year ahead of the MCD polls in the national capital. A four-time MLA, Lovely was first elected to the Delhi Legislative Assembly in 1998.
Lovely`s comeback can be seen as a big boost for the Congress ahead of by-polls to the 20 assembly seats in the national capital.
Speaking on Lovely's departure from Congress, Maken said, "When the election for corporation was underway, I myself felt that there was communication gap on my part which hurt Lovely ji."
"When sentiments are hurt, talks begin to do rounds," said Randeep Surjewala.
Lovely and his family always had unfailing trust in the vision of Congess, said the Surjewala, further adding, "It is now time to look ahead and not back."
With agency inputs