SP President Akhilesh Yadav told reporters that Sibal has filed his nomination for the Rajya Sabha elections with the support of the party.
During the nomination, along with the SP President, the party’s chief general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav and other senior leaders were present with him.
After filing his nomination, Sibal clarified, “I have filed nomination as an independent candidate and I thank Akhilesh ji for supporting us.”
Talking to the media after filing his nomination, Sibal said, ‘You know I used to raise my voice in Rajya Sabha. Last time also I was a candidate of UP. I used to raise your voice then and will do the same in the next six years. I am no longer the leader of Congress. I submitted my resignation on 16 May.
Sibal said, ‘We want to form an alliance by staying in the opposition. We want that in 2024 such an environment should be created that the shortcomings of the Modi government should be brought to the public.
In a conversation with news agency ANI, Sibal said, ‘I will not say anything about Congress. I have resigned, so it is not appropriate for me to say anything about Congress. It is not easy to leave a relationship of 30-31 years.
Lucknow | 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: Kapil Sibal after filling nomination of Rajya Sabha with the support of the Samajwadi Party pic.twitter.com/mshm5IVCaV
— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) May 25, 2022
Sibal met Akhilesh in Lucknow and was accompanied by the SP chief when he filed his nomination for the Upper House of Parliament.
Referring to the justification for supporting Sibal, SP President Akhilesh Yadav said, ‘Kapil Sibal is a well-known advocate of the country. Whether he has been in Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha, he has kept things well. We hope that the big questions that are there in the country, like – on which path the country is today, inflation is not stopping and China is continuously moving forward on our borders… Kapil Sibal on all these big questions, Samajwadi Party And will put forward his ideas.
Significantly, since Tuesday there was speculation about Sibal being made the Rajya Sabha candidate from the SP. However, the party did not confirm this.
Today Kapil Sibal filed 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 the Parliament.We hope he’ll present opinions of both SP as well as himself: Akhilesh Yadav pic.twitter.com/eGFYVNkAwA
— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) May 25, 2022
Sibal played an important role as his lawyer in getting bail from the Supreme Court to senior SP leader and MLA Azam Khan, who was lodged in Sitapur jail for nearly 27 months on corruption and many other charges.
Khan is angry with the SP leadership over the alleged apathy towards him. It is believed that an attempt has been made to remove this resentment by supporting Sibal.
Sibal said, ‘I would also like to express my gratitude to Azam Khan that he has supported me not only now but for many years.’ Asked about differences between Azam and SP chief Akhilesh, he said, “Why are you asking me this?”
The process of nomination for 11 Rajya Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh has started on Tuesday. Voting for this election will be held on 10th June. The main battle in the election is the battle between the ruling BJP and the SP.
The SP has 111 members in the 403-member state assembly and can easily send three candidates to the Rajya Sabha.
The party has currently declared Sibal as its supported candidate. The SP has not yet disclosed about its candidates in the remaining two seats.
According to the Indian Express report, Sibal’s tenure along with others is to end on July 4. Of the 11 seats that fell vacant on July 4, five belong to the BJP, four to the SP, two to the BSP and one to the Congress.
However, this time the Congress, which has only two members in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, and the BSP, which has one member, may not be able to get their candidates elected to the Upper House. Out of 245 seats in the Rajya Sabha, 31 members are elected from Uttar Pradesh.
It is known that the process of resignation of Congress leaders from different states is going on. On May 18, Hardik Patel, the working president of the Gujarat unit of Congress, resigned.
On May 3, Ashwin Kotwal, a tribal leader and three-time MLA from Gujarat, resigned from the Congress and joined the ruling BJP. Assembly elections are due in Gujarat later this year.
On May 14, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Sunil Jakhar announced his decision to quit the Congress. Now he has joined BJP. Earlier in the month of February, former Law Minister Ashwini Kumar, who belonged to Punjab, had resigned from the Congress.
Prior to the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections in January this year, former Union minister and former Congress minister RPN Singh resigned from the party and joined the BJP for 32 years.
Similarly, in September 2021, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh resigned on the instructions of the party high command in the midst of continuing tussle in the Punjab unit of Congress and later entered the state assembly elections supporting the BJP by forming his own party.
(with input from news agency language)
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