Arjun Singh : I'll always be loyal to Gandhis

Under fierce attack from the party, senior Congress leader Arjun Singh on Sunday sought to buy peace with the party high command by utilising the loyalty card and dismissing as "needless and irrelevant" controversies that surrounded him recently.

"This is a closed chapter as far as I am concerned," the beleaguered HRD Minister said in a statement a day after his remarks on loyalty as also internal democracy in the party created a storm and saw party chief Sonia Gandhi giving him a cold shoulder.

The septuagenarian leader said that he was "pained at the needless and irrelevant controversies" that are sought to be raised on the book on him published by Kanhaiya Lal Nandan and presented to President Pratibha Patil two days ago.