Former AAP MLA HS Phoolka has said that turning an anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare in 2012 into a political party was a mistake.
He said, “Converting anti-corruption movement into political party in 2012 was wrong.” He said that the movement was huge and hard for any political parties to ignore. “Political parties had to listen to us. Now we need a doosri (second) Anna movement, a parallel force that isn’t scared to call a spade a spade,” Phoolka was quoted by NDTV. The senior advocate refused to take any questions on his former party.
Phoolka, who’s been fighting for the victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots, said that Sajjan Kumar’s conviction was a huge victory adding that he will now strive towards getting Jagdish Tytler and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath convicted. A report by news agency PTI said that many who have left the AAP and others, including lawyers and doctors, need to unite to form an organisation parallel to political parties.
Speaking to reporters a day after quitting Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi, Phoolka also said that he will not be contesting the Lok Sabha polls this year. “I will not contest Lok Sabha election although after the conviction of Sajjan Kumar, people in Punjab said I could easily win from any seat,” he was quoted as saying.
Phoolka had left the AAP on Thursday after meeting Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. He said that Kejriwal had tried to stop him from leaving the party, but he had made up his mind. He had said on Twitter, “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.”
His resignation came days after a controversy erupted over his former party’s contradictions on a resolution passed in the Delhi Assembly, allegedly seeking to revoke the Bharat Ratna honour conferred to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Phoolka’s resignation from the AAP had come amid speculation of a possible alliance between the Congress and the AAP for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. His resignation from the party was followed by the stepping down of Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken from his post.
Maken too was reportedly against his party’s tie-up with the AAP for the Lok Sabha polls. Resignations of Phoolka and Maken have led many to speculate that the Congress-AAP alliance was likely to happen.