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Ex-AAP leader Phoolka gushes about 'closeness' with BJP leaders, rules out joining any party

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Former H S was felicitated Sunday for his legal battle for anti-Sikh riot victims at an event hosted by Vijay Goel, who said the doors of the BJP were open for all "good" people.

Phoolka, though accepted his "closeness" with several BJP leaders, ruled out joining any political party.

"BJP has always supported us in our fight for victims. I met and and they supported my stand on it," told reporters.

He, however, denied speculations that he might join the

"I am not joining any political party," he said.

Goel lauded as a "good man" and his friend who fought to give justice to the victims of the 1984

"It does not matter that he was associated with He is a good person who did a good thing. That is why we are felicitating him. People ask me, if he will join my party. BJP wants all good people should join it," he said.

Phoolka had resigned earlier this month from the without giving any reason behind the move. He had met Goel to greet him on his birthday on January 4, amid speculations that he might join the BJP.

Commenting on Phoolka's resignation from AAP, Goel had said, "He quit recently. (It is) better late than never."

Phoolka has avoided giving any reason for quitting the AAP and expressed his desire to float a non-political outfit in to fight the drug menace and the perceived politicisation of the (SGPC).

He, however, was averse to any alliance between the AAP and the Reports about a pre-poll tie-up between the two parties is doing the rounds, with none of them denying it officially.

The sources claimed Phoolka was also annoyed over the AAP's stand on the demand to strip former of the Bharat Ratna for "justifying" the

Phoolka had said that the conversion of Anna Hazare's anti-corruption movement into a political party in 2012 was a wrong step. He has not declared his future political move, although he has announced that he would not contest the upcoming election.

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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 18:40 IST