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Phoolka not to vote for Meira Kumar in President's election

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Senior leader H.S. Phoolka, a leading campaigner for the rights of the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, on Saturday decided to break ranks with the party and not vote for Congress-led opposition candidate in the President's on Monday.

Phoolka, who recently quit as Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly to continue his campaign for the anti-Sikh riot victims, also decided not to vote for the NDA's candidate Ram Nath Kovind and said he will abstain from voting.

"I have nothing against Meira Kumar, but she is a candidate and I cannot vote for a candidate. Jagdish Tytler, Kamal Nath and Sajjan Kumar are still prominent leaders (of Congress) and they were closely associated with the 1984 carnage issue.

"My voting for would be taken as if the doings of the are washed away or the people have pardoned them," Phoolka told IANS.

The (AAP) has decided to support in the presidential

Phoolka also said that he had informed the AAP's top leadership in Delhi about his decision.

He, however, added "I have not yet got any response from the party high command."

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, July 15 2017. 20:26 IST
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