Absence of senior party leader and Supreme Court lawyer H S Phoolka from AAP’s farmers’ rally in Moga Sunday has irked many party volunteers. Demanding an explanation from party chief Arvind Kejriwal on the alleged shoddy treatment meted out to Phoolka, they have launched a campaign on social media .
A party worker close to Phoolka said, “He did not attend the Moga rally as he has taken stand on two issues. One, he has expressed his resentment when some volunteers were not allowed to meet Kejriwal. Also, he has also expressed his opinion over some non-deserving candidates getting the ticket.”
When asked why he did not attend the Moga rally, Phoolka said “it is an internal matter of the party”. He added: “I do not want it to be a public issue and we will sort it out as a family.”
Phoolka supporters, including the AAP team from Canada, launched a social media campaign Monday, seeking an explanation from Kejriwal, and other senior party leaders, Durgesh Pathak and Sanjay Singh, on Phoolka’s absence from the rally.
Amandeep Singh Bains, one of the volunteers, said, “Phoolka ji has not been treated properly and it was he who stood with the party since beginning. Now, he is not being given the respect and position he deserves. It was a disappointment for supporters like us who saw Phoolka missing from the stage when the entire leadership was present there. He has taken a stand for volunteers who were not allowed to meet Kejriwal, so what is wrong in that?”
Many other volunteers also posted videos demanding a reason behind Phoolka’s absence.
State convener Gurpreet Ghuggi, when asked about Phoolka’s absence, said, “He was unwell. So he did not come.”