About Arvinder Singh Lovely
Arvinder Singh Lovely, a young and energetic politician, is the President of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC). He became cabinet minister in the Delhi government headed by Sheila Dikshit of Indian National Congress (INC) and held the portfolios of education, tourism, languages, Gurdwara election and Gurdwara administration.
He was actively associated with the formulation of several government policies. As minister of education, he has taken major initiatives to integrate the children of weaker sections in the high-end public schools, like introducing 20 percent reservation for such children.
Early Life of Arvinder Singh Lovely
Arvinder Singh Lovely was born to Balvinder Singh in Ludhiana of Punjab on 11 December 1968. He pursued his graduation from Sri Guru Teg Bahadur (SGTB) Khalsa College, University of Delhi in Political Science. During the college time, he was elected to the Students' Union of the college. He was actively involved with various social and academic organisations. He also rose to become the Chairman of Bhimrao Ambedkar College, Delhi.
Later, Lovely married Gurveen Kaur and the couple is blessed with two sons named Parminder Singh and Navjot Singh.
Political Career of Arvinder Singh Lovely
From the very beginning of his student life, Arvinder Singh Lovely took keen interest in political activities. He worked as General Secretary of the National Student Union India (NSUI) from 1992 to 1996. He was elected to the state legislature for the first time from Gandhi Nagar constituency of Delhi in 1998. He is credited with being the youngest member of Delhi assembly at that time. In 2000, he was appointed General Secretary, DPCC and President of East District Congress Committee (I). He was also honoured with upcoming Legislator Award in 2000 for his excellent track record as MLA.
He has been representing Gandhi Nagar constituency since 1998. He won the election with highest margin of votes among all the 70 constituencies of Delhi Legislative Assembly in 2003 and 2008 Assembly elections.
Lovely got the cabinet berth in 2003 during the tenure of Dikshit.
As Minister of Tourism, Lovely took several initiatives to make Delhi a tourist hub, such as organising round-the-year weekend festivals like Qutub Festival, Bhakti Festival, Ananya Festival, Sharad Utsav, Garden Tourism Festival and Mango Festival.
Lovely also handled the Education portfolio and made Delhi the first state in India to provide computer education in all the schools. Computerisation has been introduced in most of the functions of schools in Delhi.
The appointment of Lovely as the Delhi Congress chief was necessitated in the wake of the resignation of Jai Prakash Agrawal who decided to put in his papers, owing the moral responsibility of the Congress party’s worse defeat in Delhi assembly polls in 2013.
It remains to be seen how Lovely leads the Congress to register a credible performance during the Delhi Assembly Polls, expected to be held in February, 2015.
Last Updated on Feb 18, 2020