Former Delhi Congress president Arvinder Singh Lovely on Tuesday joined the BJP and lashed out at the leadership of his former party, saying it has "died" under them.

Delhi Youth Congress president Amit Malik also joined the BJP along with Lovely after meeting party chief Amit Shah.

The switch by Lovely, who was a key minister in the Sheila Dikshit-led Delhi government, into the saffron fold comes less than a week ahead of the crucial MCD polls.

BJP President Amit Shah welcomes former DPCC President Arvinder Singh Lovely as he joins Bharatiya Janata Party in New Delhi on Tuesday. Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwary and Sports Minister Vijay Goel are also seen.

"The child has died. The party is finished," he told reporters, referring to the Congress.

He also referred to the allegations made by state Congress veteran A K Walia that tickets for MCD elections were being sold by party leaders.

"Nobody took note of his grievances. Several leaders in the Congress are feeling suffocated for the past two years," he said.

Sheila Dikshit (file pic) | Source: PTI

Meanwhile, former Delhi Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit blamed Delhi State Congress president Ajay Maken for senior leaders quitting the party

"The approach which a Pradesh Congress Committee head should have, of taking everybody together, is not there. The primary reason behind people quitting the party is them being ignored, not listened to. So, out of frustration they are doing so. There is some problem with the prevailing system in the PCC. There is an urgent need to amend it," Dikshit told ANI News.

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(With inputs from PTI)