H S Phoolka Resigns as Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party MLA H S Phoolka has reportedly resigned as leader of the opposition in Punjab state assembly. Media reports say that the H S Phoolka decided to resign from the post after he was not allowed by the Delhi Bar Council from appearing for the victims of the Sikh genocide 1984 in several cases against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and others on the ground that as leader of opposition in Punjab assembly he enjoyed an office of profit.

H S Phoolka [File Photo]

The council’s decision has raised the pertinent issue of whether being a cabinet minister is the same as enjoying cabinet-rank status. An RTI activist has questioned if by that yardstick the Congress government in Punjab and that of the BJP in Haryana are right in conferring cabinet-minister rank on two senior practising law officers.

H S Phoolka, who had unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha election from Punjab on an Aam Aadmi Party ticket in 2014, had won the assembly election earlier this year. After that AAP, which had won 20 seats in the 117-member house and emerged as the largest opposition party, had made him the leader of opposition.

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