New Delhi: A day after he resigned from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), lawyer and former Punjab MLA HS Phoolka stated that turning the anti-corruption movement spearheaded by Anna Hazare into a political party in 2012 was a wrong decision. “Converting anti-corruption movement into political party in 2012 was wrong,” he said, adding, “I will not contest Lok Sabha election although after the conviction of Sajjan Kumar, people in Punjab said I could easily win from any seat.”
Notably, Phoolka has been fighting the legal battle for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims. Speaking to reporters, the former AAP leader said that his battle would continue on a non-political platform to ensure that Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Jagdish Tytler are brought to book in connection with the anti-Sikh riots.
Furthermore, Phoolka said that he would form a big organisation within six months that would take up issues such as drug menace and politicisation of the Siromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) in Punjab.
Reacting to Phoolka’s comment, senior AAP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said,”It is his own thought. We were challenged by the political parties in 2012 to go to Parliament to enact legislation (on Lokpal). So we joined electoral politics and Phoolka also joined it with us and fought Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. What can I do if he has now changed his opinion.”
Earlier on Thursday, HS Phoolka, resigned from AAP. Phoolka’s resignation from the AAP has come amid speculation of a possible alliance between the Congress and the AAP for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Both the parties have not clearly stated their stand on the issue so far.
Reports claimed that Phoolka met a senior functionary of a political party in the national capital after his resignation. However, the former AAP leader refused to take any question in his press conference.