New Delhi: Senior advocate HS Phoolka who resigned from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on January 3 rubbished reports of him joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) following a meeting with Union Minister Vijay Goel on Saturday. However, Phoolka dismissed such reports and took to micro-blogging site Twitter to clarify that the two had met on the occasion of his birthday. He added that they both were good friends and their meeting was ‘no news’.
Phoolka said, “Meeting Vijay Goel is no news. We are good friends and meet often. When I became the Leader of Opposition, he had invited me for dinner at his Haveli. He has been helping me in the 1984 Sikh genocide cases quietly without claiming any credit. I meet every leader who supports our fight for justice.”
Phoolka tendered his resignation to AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday who has asked him to reconsider. “We have asked him to reconsider his decision. Phoolka is a valuable member of the party and has played a very important role in the Punjab unit,” AAP’s Punjab in-charge Manish Sisodia had said.
He had earlier resigned as MLA from the Punjab Assembly. Phoolka had joined AAP in 2014. He had quit from all party posts in 2015, saying he wanted to focus on the battle for justice for 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims. He was elected to the Punjab Assembly in 2017 from Dakha.
On Saturday, suspended Punjab MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira announced his resignation from AAP. Khaira claimed that the AAP has ‘totally deviated’ from roots of ideology and principles on which it was formed. In his resignation letter, Khaira said, “Unfortunately after joining the party I realised that the hierarchy of AAP was no different from the traditional centralised political parties. The turn of events into the run-up of 2017 Punjab elections further confirmed my belief, that there was no inner party democracy.”
Khaira alleged that he had strongly objected to the distribution of tickets for the Punjab assembly, after reports of money exchange, favouritism and nepotism surfaced.