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Days after resigning  as head of the Delhi Congress, Arvinder Singh Lovely is back in the BJP

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Lovely resigned from her position as president of the Delhi Congress on April 28 in opposition to the party's alliance with AAP, a partner in the INDIA bloc, and the choice of party candidates for the Lok Sabha elections.

Arvinder Singh Lovely joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday, a few days after he resigned as the president of the Delhi Congress in protest over the party's alliance with INDIA bloc partner AAP and the politics surrounding the choice of party candidates. In the presence of Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri, he joined the BJP along with four other former Congress leaders. Along with Delhi Youth Congress head Amit Malik, the four other new members of the party include former Congress MLAs Rajkumar Chauhan, Neeraj Basoya, and Naseeb Singh, who had recently quit the party.

Speaking to media after joining the saffron party, Lovely claimed that after resigning, he spoke with a number of Congress members and supporters, who asked him to "join a strong party to fight for the people of Delhi, rather than sit at home."

Lovely had already stated that he had resigned from his party position, not the party itself, despite the belief of some AAP and Congress officials that he would be rejoining the BJP. It was a bad look and perception for the party when Lovely resigned on April 28. Lovely's resignation, which came four days after former Delhi minister Rajkumar Chauhan left the party, has hurt the Congress's chances of winning the May 25 Delhi elections. Lovely had been leading the Delhi unit since August of last year.

Following the resignation, AAP minister Saurabh Bharadwaj made references to purported connections between Lovely and the BJP on X, formerly Twitter. Lovely had resigned as president of the Delhi Congress for the second time. Lovely resigned from the BJP one day after over a thousand Sikhs, including office-bearers of the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, joined the party in front of J P Nadda, the party's national president.