Sibal who filed nomination with SP backing was lawyer who secured Azam Khan bail
New Delhi, May 25: Kapil Sibal on Wednesday filed his nomination for the Rajya Sabha as an Independent candidate from Uttar Pradesh supported by the Samajwadi Party. He said that he had quit the Congress on May 16 itself.
Sibal, whose exit from the Congress is another jolt for the electorally battered party, went to the Uttar Pradesh assembly premises to file his papers with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, Ram Gopal Yadav and other senior leaders.
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.
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.
A prominent member of the G23, which had sought an organisational overhaul in the Congress, Sibal's tenure as Congress' Rajya Sabha MP ends in July, "I have filed the nomination as an Independent candidate. I thank Akhileshji for supporting me," Sibal told reporters in Lucknow.
Sibal, who has been vocal in his criticism of the Congress leadership, had called for a non-Gandhi as the new party chief.
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.