Kapil Sibal was among the leading members of the group called G-23 within the Congress, which since August 2020 has been asking for wide-ranging reforms such as elections to every post.
New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Wednesday informed that he had resigned from the party on May 16 and had filed a Rajya Sabha nomination with backing from the Samajwadi Party. Sibal was in the Congress with 30 years.
Kapil Sibal was among the leading members of the group called G-23 within the Congress, which since August 2020 has been asking for wide-ranging reforms such as elections to every post. In the recent interviews, Kapil Sibal had hit out at the Gandhi family, blaming them for the Congress’s poor poll performances.
However, on Wednesday, he said he will not speak against Congress as he is close to a couple of leaders. “I’ll not say anything about Congress. I’ve resigned, so it’s not appropriate for me to say anything about Congress. It’s not easy to leave a relationship of 30-31 years. In past, only a few came to House by getting elected independently, especially in Rajya Sabha. I’ve got a big opportunity and it has been given to me by Akhilesh Yadav, Shivpal Yadav, Azam Khan. I will raise the issues of the country in the House.”
Sibal told the media, “I filled the nomination (for Rajya Sabha elections) as an Independent candidate. I am thankful to SP chief Akhilesh Yadav that he supported me. I also wish to convey my gratitude to Azam Khan for the support that he has given me, not just now but over several years. It is important to be an Independent voice. While staying in the Opposition, we want to create an alliance so that we can oppose the Modi government.”
Yadav said, “Today Kapil Sibal filed his 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 Parliament. We hope he’ll present the opinions of both SP as well as himself.”