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Book Parkash Singh Badal, Sumedh Singh Saini in 15 days or I will quit as MLA: HS Phoolka

HS Phoolka, who has been fighting cases of 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims in the Supreme Court, said his stand is personal and not of the party.

punjab Updated: Sep 01, 2018 23:53 IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
HS Phoolka,Parkash Singh Badal,Sumedh Singh Saini
HS Phoolka

After supporting the Congress in its attack on the Akalis during the debate on the Justice Ranjit Singh (retd) Commission report, Aam Aadmi Party leader HS Phoolka on Saturday turned the tables on the ruling party by demanding that the five Congress ministers, who sought action against former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini be tried for police Kotkapura firing during the debate in the Punjab assembly, should either get the government to name Badal and Saini in the FIR in 15 days or resign. If not, he declared to quit as the Dakha MLA.

“The Congress is just going after political gains. It does not want to take action against those indicted in the report. But Punjabis want justice and action against the culprits. The ministers must have given the speeches after reading the report. Whenever I raised the demand in the House that Badal and Saini be named in the FIR, I was assured that the CM would announce it in his speech. But the CM (Captain Amarinder Singh) made no such declaration. If they cannot make the CM do so, they have no right to stay as ministers,” Phoolka said while addressing a press conference here.

He said he will quit along with ministers Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Manpreet Singh Badal, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Sukhjinder Randhawa and Charanjit Singh Channi if the CM does not listen to them. “I will quit after 15 days, even if they (ministers) don’t,” he said, adding, “did Congress MLA Ramanjit Sikki not resign as an MLA in the previous regime saying he is hurt by the sacrilege incidents.”

Phoolka, who has been fighting cases of 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims in the Supreme Court, said his stand is personal and not of the party. The ministers dismissed Phoolka’s challenge. “Is he (Phoolka) our high command? The government has decided to take back the cases from the CBI and form a special investigation team (SIT). There is a process,” Bajwa said.

Randhawa asked how can the government register a case against them without probing their role. “If we do, they will challenge it in the court and get bail,” he said. Sidhu said the report says Saini and Badal spoke before the firing. “This needs to be probed further. How can Phoolka set a deadline?” he questioned.

But Phoolka contended that a probe can be done even after registering an FIR. “The Congress and its ministers will be exposed if it does not act on what they said in the House,” Phoolka said.

First Published: Sep 01, 2018 23:42 IST