Kapil Sibal quits Congress, files Rajya Sabha nomination with the support of SP
File photo of Kapil Sibal (PTI Photo)
Lucknow: Deepening the crisis in the Congress, Kapil Sibal, a prominent face of the G-23 group of disgruntled leaders, resigned from the party and filed his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha elections as an independent in Lucknow on Wednesday with the support of the Samajwadi Party. . (SP).
Sibal filed his nomination papers from Uttar Pradesh in the presence of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and other party leaders in Lucknow. Sibal is retiring from the Rajya Sabha on July 4.
After filing his nomination, he said, “I had tendered my resignation from the Congress party on May 16.”
“I have filed nomination as an independent candidate. I have always wanted to be an independent voice in the country. Being in opposition, we want to form an alliance so that we can oppose the Modi government.
Sibal is likely to be elected to the Upper House as the SP has 111 MLAs in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly.
Notably, Sibal has been critical of the Congress high command on various issues and has been calling for sweeping reforms in the party, including elections for the post of Congress President.
Sibal had made the “Ghar ki Congress” remark during an interview in which he also said that he was not surprised by the results of the five state elections and that the leadership should have worked out a plan for the party’s rejuvenation.
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