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Delhi Congress Chief Resigns, Cites Rift With Party Leader, AAP Alliance
Apr 28, 2024 12:39 pm

Divya Delhi: Congress leader Arvinder Singh Lovely today resigned as the chief of the party's Delhi unit over its alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Arvinder Singh Lovely said that several AAP ministers have been jailed over corruption charges, still the Congress formed an alliance with Arvind Kejriwal's party for the Lok Sabha elections amid opposition by party workers. Mr Lovely - in a letter to Congress Chief Mallikarjun Kharge - said that since he cannot protect the interests of the Delhi Congress workers, he sees no reason to continue as the chief of city's party unit. "The Delhi Congress Unit was against an alliance with a party (AAP) which was formed on the sole basis of leveling false, fabricated and malafide corruption charges against the Congress. Despite that, the party made a decision to ally with the AAP in Delhi," he said. He said the party gave Lok Sabha tickets to candidates who were "total strangers" to the Delhi Congress unit, referring to Udit Raj's candidature in North-west Delhi and Kanhaiya Kumar in Northeast Delhi.  The party high command's decision to field Kanhaiya Kumar and Udit Raj for the polls has caused friction among the party leaders in Delhi, sources said. Party leaders, sources said, are not ready to compromise since the AICC and high command ignored their views and concerns. "Several Delhi leaders are also planning to join the BJP or form a new party if their issues are not resolved, sources told NDTV. Hinting at internal rift, Mr Lovely also alleged that several decisions taken by him as the Delhi Congress Chief were vetoed by the AICC General Secretary (Delhi In-charge). "Since my appointment as DPCC President, the AICC General Secretary (Delhi In-charge) has not allowed me to make any senior appointments in the DPCC," he said.