Counsel for 1984 riots victims H S Phoolka to join AAP

Close on the heels of a number of high-profile business and social sector persons, it was the turn of senior advocate, and the counsel for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims, H S Phoolka to express his intent to join the Aam Aadmi Party.

In a statement to the media on Tuesday, Phoolka, who has represented the riots victims for the last 29 years, said it was a "natural choice" to "be an active part of this social revolution" of the AAP.

"To ensure good governance and freedom from moral and economic corruption, social activists have come together to form this political party. After 30 years of being a social and legal activist for justice and equality..., I want to be an active part of this social revolution," he said.

The lawyer said he will formally fill the membership form by the end of the week.

Speaking to Newsline, Phoolka also slammed the Congress and the BJP for "violence against minorities".

"The option here was between Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi. We all know what Rahul Gandhi and the Congress represent, and I have always maintained that Modi was responsible for the 2002 riots. Now that this party is here, we have an alternative," Phoolka said.

Given his association with the riot victims and his role in Punjab politics, Phoolka is likely to contest Lok Sabha elections either from the West Delhi constituency, where a number of the riot victims and families reside, or from Punjab.

Phoolka has however said he has not been offered any incentive to join the party. "If the party asks me to stand for elections, I will do so, but that has not been decided as yet," the lawyer said.

Nirpreet Kaur, who is the complainant and witness in the riots cases against Congress leaders Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar, also said she would be joining the AAP.

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