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SIT to continue probe in 1984 riots: Phoolka

Defending Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal's decision to quit as Delhi chief minister, party leader and senior lawyer HS Phoolka on Saturday said the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed to probe the 1984 anti-Sikh riots would continue to work.

punjab Updated: Feb 16, 2014 00:38 IST
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Defending Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal's decision to quit as Delhi chief minister, party leader and senior lawyer HS Phoolka on Saturday said the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed to probe the 1984 anti-Sikh riots would continue to work.

"The Delhi government had demanded the formation of SIT to probe the 1984 riots in a time-bound manner. Lieutenant governor Najeeb Jang has already given his consent on SIT. So the SIT will continue to work even as Kejriwal has resigned. In a day or two, the names of SIT officials will also be announced," Phoolka claimed.

The AAP leader who was in Amritsar to flag off the 'jharu chalalo yatra', said, "The AAP government in Delhi had no option but to quit as the BJP and Congress had joined hands against the Janlokpal Bill. Both Congress and BJP stand exposed."

The AAP activists started the rally from Ram Bagh Gardens which culminated at Jallianwala Bagh.

Defending Kejriwal, Phoolka said, "I can say that in a short span of 49 days, the AAP government took up many issues for the people of Delhi. There are political parties that hardly do anything in long terms. Our intent was clear and for that leaving the chief minister's chair is no big deal."

The AAP activists raised slogans in the favour of Kejriwal and urged people to "support the party for a better future".

Riding motorcycles, the activists carried banners. They claimed that Kejriwal's resignation was part of the fight against corruption and people of Punjab must step out to support the party.

All the activists were carrying broom, their party symbol. AAP has not run away from Delhi but has fought for the people and stuck
to its anti-corruption agenda, he added.

AAP workers during a ‘jhadu chalao yatra’ in Amritsar. HT photo

AAP workers during a ‘jhadu chalao yatra’ in Amritsar. HT photo


"Corruption and drugs are a big issue in this border state and AAP will go to people and make them aware on these. Successive governments have failed to perform but we will apprise the people about the political parties' failure," the senior lawyer said. "Fight against corruption is our main agenda. Under the 'jharu chalao yatra' from February 15 to 23, we will visit all the districts of Punjab and make people aware about corruption and drug menace ruling the roost here," he claimed.

On tickets, Phoolka said he would be able to comment only after a party meeting on the issue.

Evades comment on tickets
When asked about ticket distribution, AAP leader Phoolka says he would be able to comment on this after the party holds a meeting on the issue