Phoolka says he is not join­ing any party

END TO SPEC­U­LA­TION Doors of BJP are open for all ‘good’ peo­ple, says Union min­ster Vi­jay Goel

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NEW DELHI: For­mer AAP leader HS Phoolka was fe­lic­i­tated on Sun­day for his le­gal bat­tle for anti-Sikh riot vic­tims at an event hosted by Union min­is­ter Vi­jay Goel, who said the doors of the BJP were open for all “good” peo­ple. Phoolka, though ac­cepted his “close­ness” with sev­eral BJP lead­ers, ruled out join­ing any po­lit­i­cal party.

The BJP has al­ways sup­ported us in our fight for anti-Sikh ri­ots vic­tims. I met law min­is­ter and home min­is­ter and they sup­ported my stand. HS PHOOLKA, for­mer AAP leader

NEW DELHI: For­mer AAP leader HS Phoolka was fe­lic­i­tated on Sun­day for his le­gal bat­tle for anti-Sikh riot vic­tims at an event hosted by Union min­is­ter Vi­jay Goel, who said the doors of the BJP were open for all “good” peo­ple.

Phoolka, though ac­cepted his “close­ness” with sev­eral BJP lead­ers, ruled out join­ing any po­lit­i­cal party.

“The BJP has al­ways sup­ported us in our fight for an­ti­Sikh ri­ots vic­tims. I met law min­is­ter Ravi Shankar Prasad and home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh and they sup­ported my stand on it,” Phoolka told re­porters. He, how­ever, de­nied spec­u­la­tion that he might join the BJP. “I am not join­ing any po­lit­i­cal party,” he said.

Goel lauded Phoolka as a “good man” and his friend who fought to give jus­tice to the vic­tims of the 1984 anti-Sikh ri­ots. “It does not mat­ter that he was as­so­ci­ated with the AAP. He is a good per­son who did a good thing. That is why we are fe­lic­i­tat­ing him. Peo­ple ask me, if he will join my party. The BJP wants all good peo­ple should join it,” he said.

Phoolka had re­signed ear­lier this month from the Aam Aadmi Party with­out giv­ing any rea­son be­hind the move. He met Goel to greet him on his birth­day on Jan­uary 4, amid spec­u­la­tion that he might join the BJP.

Com­ment­ing on Phoolka’s res­ig­na­tion from AAP, Goel had said: “He quit AAP re­cently. (It is) bet­ter late than never.” Phoolka has avoided giv­ing any rea­son for quit­ting the AAP and ex­pressed his de­sire to float a non-po­lit­i­cal out­fit in Pun­jab to fight the drug men­ace and the per­ceived politi­ci­sa­tion of the Shi­ro­mani Gur­d­wara Par­band­hak Com­mit­tee (SGPC).

He, how­ever, was averse to any al­liance be­tween the AAP and the Congress. Re­ports about a pre-poll tie-up be­tween the two par­ties are do­ing the rounds, with none of them deny­ing it of­fi­cially.

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■ For­mer AAP leader HS Phoolka (cen­tre) be­ing fe­lic­i­tated by Union min­is­ter Radha Mo­han Singh as min­is­ter of state for par­lia­men­tary af­fairs Vi­jay Goel looks on in New Delhi on Sun­day.

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