Arvinder Singh Lovely, who quit the Congress just before the crucial MCD polls past year to join the BJP, has returned to his parent party. Not so long ago, Maken too had met the former Delhi chief minister, Sheila Dikshit, at the instructions from Gandhi to bury their differences and lead the party together.
"I was ideologically misfit in the BJP. I realised this from the next day I joined the party", Lovely said. Elected to the assembly from Gandhi Nagar seat for the first time in 1998, he had not lost a single election. I had taken that decision when I was in a dilemma. Journalist-turned-politician Pratyush Kanth, who had quit Congress to join BJP with Mr Lovely, is however unlikely to rejoin the party.
Lovely's return comes in the wake of efforts to unite the party in Delhi where bye-elections are due following the disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs.
Lovely, a key minister in the erstwhile Sheila Dikshit government in Delhi, had joined the saffron party along with Delhi Youth Congress chief Amit Malik. "I did not say anything despite this and stayed on", Lovely had said.
Lovely, a prominent Sikh and Punjabi face in the national capital, would help bolster the Congress' prospects. He had also made comments on Mr Maken and said that he was "lazy and soaked in comfort". However, joining the BJP also brought disappointment for Mr Lovely as he was overshadowed by BJP leaders like Vijay Goel and Manoj Tiwari. Lovely was, however, not allowed to answer a question from a reporter on what he thought of his grave charges levelled against the party and Maken when he left the BJP.