Congress Leader Kapil Sibal Quits Grand Old Party

Lucknow: Former Union Minister Kapil Sibal announced his resignation from the Congress today, shortly after filing his nomination as the Samajwadi Party’s Rajya Sabha candidate for Uttar Pradesh.

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

Mr Sibal, one of the Congress’s most senior officials, was a member of the “G-23,” a group of 23 dissenters who demanded a total reform of the party’s leadership and organization.

In recent weeks, he has also been outspoken in his criticism of the Gandhis’ leadership.

“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,” Mr Sibal said.In the Supreme Court, Mr Sibal represented senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan. After two years in prison, the Supreme Court granted Azam Khan interim bail.

Eleven Uttar Pradesh seats will be up for election in the Rajya Sabha next month.

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