Former AAP leader H S Phoolka rules out joining BJP

Union minister Vijay Goel on Sunday said the doors of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are always open to former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader HS Phoolka while felicitating him for fighting the legal battle for victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots.But Phoolka,61, while acknowledging his “closeness” to several top BJP leaders, ruled out joining any political party at the moment. The senior advocate said he would not contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, not even as an independent candidate. “The BJP has always supported me in my fight for anti-Sikh riots victims. From law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, home minister Rajnath Singh, finance minister Arun Jaitley to senior BJP leader LK Advani – all have supported my stand on it and helped me from time to time,” Phoolka told reporters during the event.“But, I am clear that I am not joining any party,” he said.Phoolka, who cited personal reasons for quitting AAP earlier this month, said converting an anti-corruption movement into a political party was a mistake.

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