Honoured by new role given by party high command: Arvinder Singh Lovely

Congress leader Arvinder Singh Lovely, whose candidature was withdrawn from the upcoming assembly elections in Delhi, on Sunday stated that he was honoured by the new role given to him by the party high command.

ANI| Updated: Jan 18, 2015, 21:02 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress leader Arvinder Singh Lovely, whose candidature was withdrawn from the upcoming assembly elections in Delhi, on Sunday stated that he was honoured by the new role given to him by the party high command.

"It is a great honour for me that the party has put me in charge of the organisation of the entire poll campaign in Delhi. There is no question of my being upset with the party. The Congress will contest these elections united and will form the next government," Lovely told ANI.

"Arvinder Singh Lovely is not big; the Congress Party is big. Not only [my constituency] Gandhi Nagar, we have to win in the entire city. The people of Gandhi Nagar love me so much that they will vote for my substitute as well," he added.

The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief also denied reports of infighting between party members ahead of the polls in the city.

"Ajay Maken is the chairman of the campaign committee. He was given that post on my suggestion. The three of us - Maken ji, Haroon Yusuf and I will campaign in Delhi together," he stated.

Earlier in the day, the Congress party had announced that Lovely has withdrawn his candidature from the upcoming assembly elections in the national capital, adding that he will look after the organisation of the polls.

"The dearth of leadership at the Pradesh Congress Committee to organise these polls has resulted in our requesting him to not contest this election. It was a party decision and was taken in order to organise the party at the grassroot level," Congress leader PC Chacko told mediapersons.

The elections for the 70-member Delhi Assembly will be held in a single phase on February 7, with the counting of votes set to take place on February 10.