AAP’s HS Phoolka re­signs as MLA

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Htpunjab - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

CHANDI­GARH : Aam Aadmi Party MLA Harvinder Singh Phoolka on Fri­day re­signed from mem­ber­ship of the Pun­jab assem­bly to reg­is­ter his protest against the fail­ure of the Congress govern­ment to take ac­tion against for­mer chief min­is­ter Parkash Singh Badal and re­tired DGP Sumedh Singh Saini in sacrilege and po­lice fir­ing cases.

The Dakha MLA, who was in Delhi, sent his res­ig­na­tion to assem­bly speaker Rana KP Singh through email and by post. Rana KP said he has got the res­ig­na­tion let­ter and would take a call af­ter ex­am­in­ing it. “I have stated my rea­sons for tak­ing this step in the let­ter. I could not per­son­ally hand over be­cause of court hear­ings in riot cases,” he said.

Phoolka, a Supreme Court lawyer, also gave a copy of the res­ig­na­tion let­ter to the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of In­dia. If the first­time MLA’s res­ig­na­tion is ac­cepted, the strength of AAP, the prin­ci­pal op­po­si­tion party, in the Pun­jab assem­bly will come down to 19. Al­ready, eight of the party leg­is­la­tors have turned rebels.

The Congress is mis­us­ing its ma­jor­ity and has be­trayed the peo­ple. I have re­signed to put pres­sure on the govt. HARVINDER SINGH PHOOLKA, Dakha MLA and se­nior AAP leader

‘AMARINDER-LED GOVT BE­TRAYED PEO­PLE’

The MLA said the Congress govern­ment, par­tic­u­larly five of its min­is­ters who spoke dur­ing the de­bate on the Ran­jit Singh Com­mis­sion re­port in the state assem­bly, promised ac­tion against Badal, Saini and Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim but noth­ing was done. “The Congress is mis­us­ing its ma­jor­ity and has be­trayed the peo­ple. I have re­signed to put pres­sure on the govern­ment,” he said.

On be­ing asked if he would con­test the forth­com­ing Lok Sabha elec­tion, Phoolka, who was the AAP nom­i­nee from Lud­hi­ana in the 2014 par­lia­men­tary poll, said he had not made up his mind. Pun­jab AAP state co-pres­i­dent Dr Bal­bir Singh said this was his (Phoolka’s) per­sonal, emo­tional de­ci­sion and he had in­formed the party lead­er­ship.

Bho­lath MLA Sukh­pal Khaira, who is head­ing the AAP rebels, said Phoolka did not any con­sul­ta­tion them, but they re­spected his feel­ings. Asked if he and other party MLAs sup­port­ing him were also con­sid­er­ing quit­ting their seats to put pres­sure on the state govern­ment, Khaira said, “It is a plat­form where you can fight against all types of in­jus­tice. If you quit, what can you do for them there­after,” he said.

Phoolka had first talked about his res­ig­na­tion on Septem­ber 1, giv­ing 15 days to the govern­ment act against the duo. He later de­ferred his res­ig­na­tion as the high court stayed the pro­ceed­ings ini­ti­ated by the state govern­ment against three for­mer cops.

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