Phoolka rejects talk of joining BJP
New Delhi: Former AAP leader HS Phoolka on Sunday quelled speculation that he might join BJP before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Phoolka’s remarks came even as Union minister and BJP leader Vijay Goel felicitated him for his legal fight for the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
Goel lauded Phoolka for his role in the conviction of senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and called him a friend and “good” person. “I am being frequently asked whether Phoolka is joining BJP. Our doors are open for all good people, it’s up to them to decide,” Goel said. Sources in BJP, however, said discussions with Phoolka about contesting from Punjab were on.
Phoolka, a former leader of the opposition in Punjab assembly, recently quit AAP and stated that the decision to turn an anti-corruption movement into a political party was wrong. At a press conference held a day after his resignation, Phoolka said: “There is a need for a movement that’s similar to the one started by Anna Hazare in 2011and form an organisation that can call a spade a spade.”
Though he had declared that he wouldn’t contest elections, Phoolka did state that many people in Punjab had told him that he could win from any seat in Punjab because of his role in getting justice for 1984 riot victims.
“BJP has always supported us in our fight for justice to the victims of the 1984 antiSikh riots. I have been meeting several BJP leaders for this purpose. I met law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and home minister Rajnath Singh for support and they backed me,” Phoolka said on Sunday. “Even the Vajpayee government supported my battle,” he added. “My closeness with BJP existed even when I was with AAP,” he said.