In a bid to scotch murmurs of a rift with the party leadership over his decision, Phoolka said that he would remain an 'inherent' part of AAP, which he said is standing on the cusp of winning the next assembly polls in Punjab.

"After detailed discussions with (Arvind) Kejriwalji and with his approval, it has been decided collectively that I quit active politics and resign from party posts, to enable myself to entirely devote myself for getting justice for the victims..." Phoolka said.

"I started doing their (riots) cases in 1984 as a young lawyer and am continuing to do these cases till today. It is extremely unfortunate that despite the passage of over three decades, even today we are fighting for the same thing we have been fighting for since 1984, i.e. to bring the real culprits to book..," he said.

When asked that he could have been projected as Chief Ministerial candidate by the AAP in the Assembly elections, Phoolka said that for him posts are not important.

He replied in the negative when asked if he felt sidelined over not being consulted when AAP was organising rallies in various parts of Punjab recently. Talking about Punjab, he claimed that people are fed up of the Akalis and the Congress alike.

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