‘I quit Congress on May 16’: Kapil Sibal files nomination for Rajya Sabha polls from Uttar Pradesh

Prime News, National, Elections, Politics, Lucknow, May 25:- Veteran politician Kapil Sibal on Wednesday (May 25) said that he has resigned from the Congress party.

Speaking to reporters in Lucknow after filing his nomination papers for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections, Sibal said that he is in the fray for Upper House as an independent candidate and that he enjoys the support of the Samajwadi Party.

“I have filed the nomination as an Independent candidate. I thank Akhileshji for supporting me,” Sibal, who was accompanied by Akhilesh Yadav and senior SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav for filing papers, told reporters.

“I resigned from the Congress on May 16 and am no longer a senior Congress leader now,” he said.

Sibal, a lawyer by profession, shares a cordial relationship with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and other SP leaders. He recently represented senior SP leader Azam Khan in Supreme Court and helped him secure bail. He had also helped Akhilesh retain the party’s election symbol ‘bicycle’ in 2017 when the Yadav family was locked in a family feud.

The SP’s decision to support Sibal’s candidature is seen as a reciprocal gesture by the party for helping Azam Khan in his legal battle.

Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party has also fielded Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple Yadav and Javed Ali for the Rajya Sabha polls.

Elections to 57 Rajya Sabha seats spread across 15 states will take place on June 10. The maximum number of seats falls in Uttar Pradesh i.e. 11.

The SP is in a comfortable position to win three seats. The party had in the past as well supported Sibal’s candidature by transferring its surplus votes. In the current scenario, the SP has around 20 surplus votes that it can transfer to the fourth candidate.  (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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