- Lovely, former Congress minister, has joined BJP
- Big hit for Congress ahead of local Delhi election
- Lovely blames Congress boss Ajay Maken, says he ignores top leaders
"When I was crying, he did not come to hear me out," said Mr Lovely, whose move to the BJP comes just a week ahead of crucial elections in Delhi and will see him campaigning for his new party.
The 48-year-old said that Mr Maken, who heads the Congress in Delhi, virtually drove him into the waiting arms of its main political opponent. "He did not even call us for campaigning, not for the manifesto release. He just wiped us off"
Mr Lovely was with the Congress for 30 years. He contested in four elections to the Delhi assembly and won each one of them, and was a minister in Sheila Dikshit's government. He however, hadn't contested in 2015, when the Congress lost all the seats they contested in.
In selecting candidates for the coming election, Mr Maken has upset other top Congress leaders like AK Walia, also a former minister, who resigned earlier this month.
Mr Lovely says the Congress should expect more farewells. "People are hurt and they have been humiliated, and when they develop a spine, they will quit," he forecast.