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Sheila Dikshit a burden on Congress: Arvinder Singh

Arvinder Singh ‘Lovely’, a former Delhi minister and Delhi Congress chief, had joined the BJP on Wednesday. Singh had served in the cabinet of then Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in several portfolios. He also criticised party chief Ajay Maken.

MCD Elections 2017 Updated: Apr 20, 2017 17:17 IST
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Former Delhi minister and Arvinder Singh at a press conference on Wednesday. Singh had joined the BJP on Tuesday. (Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

A day after he joined the the BJP, former Delhi minister Arvinder Singh ‘Lovely’ on Wednesday described Sheila Dikshit as a ‘burden’ on the Congress.

Dikshit, in whose cabinet Singh held several important portfolios, had termed his move to the BJP as a ‘betrayal’.

Singh said that he chose to be a “traitor” by joining the BJP which fights for the cause of soldiers, instead of being a burden on the Congress like Dikshit.

“Sheila is completely dissociated from the Congress campaign for MCD polls and has turned out to be a burden, while I chose to join the BJP that has been holding soldiers’ interests high,” he said at a press conference. Singh also hit out at Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken, alleging that he loved comfort over hard work.

“Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari spends nights in slums, whereas Maken campaigns in Lodhi Garden so that he could quickly go back home. He should given a thought to what he is doing,” he said.

Led by Singh, 10 Congress leaders including party vice president Sukhbeer Sharma also joined the BJP in the presence of BJP’s vice president and state incharge Shyam Jaju, national Secretary RP Singh, leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta, and spokesperson Harish Khurana on Wednesday.

Singh rubbished Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala’s comment that he is an ‘opportunist’, and said he joined the BJP because of his admiration for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.

“Amit Malik and I showed the courage. Let us see when do others follow the suit,” the former Congress leader said.

Several senior Congress leaders are disgusted with the selection of candidates for the civic polls, he said and alleged that tickets were ‘sold’ to the aspirants.

However, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari on Wednesday said it is regrettable that Singh had to leave the party and maintained that any differences or issues could have been resolved by sitting across the table.

First Published: Apr 19, 2017 23:50 IST