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Ex-Delhi Cong chief Arvinder Singh Lovely joins BJP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Former president Arvinder Singh Lovely today joined the and lashed out at the leadership of his former party, which he said has "died" under them.

A key minister in the erstwhile in Delhi, Lovely raked up allegations of bribery in ticket distribution for the MCD polls by the and claimed after meeting chief that many senior leaders are feeling "suffocated" as the party is no longer what it used to be.

Lovely, who hails from the Sikh community, joined the saffron party along with Youth chief Amit Malik.

"The child is dead. is finished," he told reporters, expressing his unhappiness with its leadership, including vice president Rahul Gandhi.

He heaped praise on Prime Minister Modi and Shah, saying the two have redefined politics.

Lashing out at chief Maken, he said somebody who lost his deposit, a reference to Maken's heavy loss in the city's assembly polls, was foisted on the party.

He also referred to the allegations made by A K Walia, a veteran in the city, that tickets for MCD elections were being sold by party leaders, lamenting that the party leadership did not even look into his complaints.

The believes Lovely's shift to it will boost its prospects in the MCD polls, especially in areas with sizeable Punjabi population.

He said the scams were blamed for the UPA's loss in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and it was strange that the even in opposition is accused of corruption.

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First Published: Tue, April 18 2017. 19:42 IST