Congress summons Delhi leaders, asks bigwigs to contest assembly poll
Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Monday held a meeting of senior party leaders and asked all the senior leaders of Delhi Congress, including those who contested Lok Sabha polls, to contest the upcoming Delhi assembly election.
Sonia Gandhi held a meeting with senior party leaders at 10 Janpath on Monday. The meeting lasted for almost an hour.
Among those present at the meeting called by the Congress interim chief were senior leaders Ajay Maken, JP Agarwal, Rajesh Lilothia, Nasib Singh and Arvinder Singh Lovely .
Sources privy to the Monday meeting said Congress leaders Rajesh Lilothia and Arvinder Singh Lovely have agreed to contest the poll.
Rajesh Lilothia said as a loyal soldier of the party, he is ready to contest the Delhi Assembly election.
Lilothia said he has also offered to fight against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal from New Delhi.
Rest of the leaders, however, have sought time to respond to the call.
This comes in the backdrop of apprehension of mass exodus from Congress to AAP before Delhi goes to polls. The party leadership is worried that some of its leaders may switch sides ahead of Assembly election.
Weeks ahead of the election, Congress leader and former MLA Ram Singh Netaji and three others joined the Aam Aadmi Party.
Son of former Congress MP Mahabal Mishra, Vinay Kumar Mishra, who had unsuccessfully contested the last assembly election from Palam seat, also joined the AAP.