Phoolka quits AAP posts, to focus on 1984 riots cases

New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) Senior advocate H.S. Phoolka on Saturday resigned from all AAP posts, saying that after consultation with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, he decided to leave politics and focus on getting justice for the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

“After detailed discussions with Kejriwal ji and with his approval, it has been decided collectively that I quit active politics and resign from party posts,” he posted on Facebook.

He said the step would enable him to devote time fully “for getting justice for the victims and punishment for the culprits such as (Congress leaders) Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler”.

“As much as an inherent part as I am of AAP, my dedication to the cause of 1984 remains unaltered. At this stage, where I feel I am needed more for these cases, I must not hesitate to take a step back from everything else and give the cause my undivided attention,” Phoolka said.

AAP spokesperson Deepak Bajpai told IANS: “He resigned only from the party posts, not from the party. He was and will always be an AAP member.”

He said he felt honoured as after he joined AAP, he was “assigned immense responsibilities and given party posts as well”.

Phoolka recalled that he started working on riot cases in 1984 as a young lawyer.

“It is extremely unfortunate that despite the passage of over three decades, even today we are fighting for the same thing we have been fighting for since 1984, i.e. to bring the real culprits to book,” he wrote in his post.

In his post he also appealed to Indians, including Punjabis residing in America and Canada, to gather at the UN Assembly in New York on September 25 “in large numbers to convey a loud and clear message to the Indian prime minister and world leaders and members of UNO that ‘we will not forget about the genocide of November 1984’.”

Phoolka told reporters that the AAP was doing very well in Punjab and will win in the next polls.

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