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Kapil sibbal quit congress,  files Rajya Sabha nomination as Independent backed by SP.

Kapil sibbal quit congress, files Rajya Sabha nomination as Independent backed by SP.

Two years after rebelling against the leadership of the Gandhis, former Union Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday made his decision to quit the Congress public while filing his nomination for the upcoming Rajya Sabha election as an independent candidate, supported by the Samajwadi Party “I had tendered my resignation on May 16,” he told reporters in Lucknow, adding, “I have filed my nomination as an Independent candidate. It is important to be an independent voice in Parliament. If an independent voice speaks up then people will believe it is not linked to any political party”.

Accompanying him for the filing of the nomination papers, SP chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said, “… We hope that the questions in the country, such as rising unemployment, inflation, failing law and order, our borders are not safe…on several such big issues Sibal ji will be able to present the SP’s and his views”.Kapil Sibal says he has quit Congress, files Rajya Sabha nomination papers with Samajwadi Party backingSibal, who has been vocal in his criticism of the Congress leadership, had called for a non-Gandhi as the new party chief. “We are all constrained by the fact that we are members of parties and have to abide by the discipline of that party but it is important to have an independent voice,” the former Union minister told reporters.

“We want to make a coalition and oppose the Modi government. We want to create an atmosphere in which we can oppose the BJP. I will personally work towards that,” he said.

Referring to the 2024 elections, he said there should be an atmosphere where the shortcomings of the Modi government can reach people. Yadav said Sibal is being supported by the Samajwadi Party.

Kapil Sibal is a senior leader and a known lawyer. He had been in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and put his point across well everywhere. I hope he will put his views on big questions of rising inflation and China,” the SP president, who is also leader of opposition, added.

Sibal’s resignation comes close on the heels of Sunil Jakhar and Hardik Patel resigning from the Congress, which recently held a ‘Chintan Shivir’ in Udaipur. Elections for 11 Rajya Sabha seats of Uttar Pradesh are underway. There had been speculation that the SP could field Sibal as a Rajya Sabha candidate. He was the lawyer who secured senior SP leader Azam Khan’s bail. Khan had been in Sitapur jail for over 27 months in various cases lodged against him in Rampur.

The SP has a strength of 111 in the 403-member assembly and can send three members to the Upper House of Parliament. The BJP with 255 members can send eight.

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