Anti-Sikh Riots Petitioner HS Phoolka Quits AAP Days After Drama Over Rajiv Gandhi Resolution
File photo of senior lawyer and AAP MLA HS Phoolka.
New Delhi: Lawyer HS Phoolka, who is one of the petitioners in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, announced on Thursday that he is quitting the Aam Aadmi Party.
"I have resigned from AAP and handed over resignation to Kejriwal ji today. Though he asked me not to resign but I insisted," he tweeted.
I have resigned from AAP & handed over resignation to Kejriwal ji today. Though he asked me not to resign but I insisted. Will be briefing media tomorrow at 4pm at Press Club, Raisina Rd, New Delhi to explain the Reason of leaving AAP & my further plans.— H S Phoolka (@hsphoolka) January 3, 2019
Phoolka clarified that he is not joining the BJP or the SAD. He further said that he will be addressing a press conference on Friday at 4 PM explaining his reasons for quitting the party.
The resignation comes days after the Delhi Assembly passed a resolution seeking withdrawal of Bharat Ratna from the late Rajiv Gandhi for his comments that tried to “justify” the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. However, the AAP later clarified that no such resolution was passed.
The AAP has not denied alliance prospects with the Congress, saying its political affairs committee will take a call after considering opinion of its leaders and workers from Delhi, Punjab and Haryana.
Former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar was recently convicted in an anti-Sikh riot case by the Delhi High Court, where Phoolka represented the victims.