Kapil Sibal says he quit Congress, is Samajwadi’s Rajya Sabha candidate

Kapil Sibal says he quit Congress, is Samajwadi's Rajya Sabha candidate

Former Union Minister Kapil Sibal today revealed that he has resigned from the Congress, after filing his nomination as the Samajwadi Party’s candidate for Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh.

“I had resigned from the Congress party on May 16,” Kapil Sibal told reporters.

“It is important to be an independent voice in parliament. If an independent voice speaks up then people will believe it is not from any political party,” Sibal said.

“While being in Opposition, we want to create an alliance so that we can oppose the Modi govt. We want that in 2024, an atmosphere is created where the faults of the Modi government reach the people. We will try for that,” Sibal added.

The senior leader who recently met with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow, had been vocal about his criticism of the Gandhis’ leadership in recent weeks.

Sibal was accompanied by the SP chief while he filed his nomination for the Upper House of Parliament. Sibal’s term along with others was to end on July 4. 

Reacting to the development, Akhilesh Yadav told ANI, “Today Kapil Sibal filed nomination. He is going to Rajya Sabha with SP’s support. Two more people can go to the House. Kapil Sibal is a senior lawyer. He has presented his opinions well in the Parliament. We hope he’ll present the opinions of both SP as well as himself.”

Sibal was the one who represented senior SP leader Azam Khan during his bail hearings in the Supreme Court.