Once favorite, Phoolka now a thorn in the eyes of Badals

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Surrey: After getting ticket from Aam Aadmi party, 1984 anti-Sikh riots advocate H S Phoolka is an itch to ruling party in Punjab. As soon AAP announced that Phoolka is their candidate from Ludhiana SAD chief Sukhbir Badal issued a statement that Phoolka charged heavy fees for fighting 1984 sikh riot victims’ case. Not only that, Akali Dal loyal Ludhiana based 2 associations of 1984 riot victims are issuing statements against Phoolka who were praising Phoolka just few weeks ago.
Phoolka told Asian Journal that he strongly refuted media statement of SAD president and Punjab Deputy C M Sukhbir Badal. Terming the allegation as false and baseless, Phoolka dared Sukhbir Badal to prove his allegation against him within a week or step down from the posts of president of SAD and Deputy CM of Punjab.
“If Sukhbir Badal says that I have fought cases of victims for money and not as a crusader of getting justice for the victims of this carnage, it means that I have been telling lies on the issue which remained alive due to constant national media enquiry and pressure of right thinking people of the country,” said Phoolka. He also said that he would soon write to top journalists of the country to do a journalistic enquiry into what Sukhbir Badal has alleged. “If the reports of these journalists showed that allegation by Sukhbir Badal were true, I would give up politics as well as my profession,”announced Phoolka. In the meanwhile, Congress party had announced MP Manish Tewari’s name as their candidate from Ludhiana and now SAD has declared MLA Manpreet Singh Ayaali as thier candidate for Ludhiana.