Kapil Sibal quits Congress, files nomination for Rajya Sabha as independent

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Former Union Minister Kapil Sibal today revealed that he has resigned from the Congress, dropping a bombshell moments after filing his nomination papers for Rajya Sabha as an independent candidate supported by the Samajwadi Party, reported NDTV.

“I had resigned from the Congress party on May 16,” Kapil Sibal told reporters, slipping in information that had stayed concealed since the Congress “Chintan Shivir” or strategy meet a week ago.

“I am no longer a serious Congress leader,” he quipped, when bombarded with questions.

This is the latest high-profile exit from the Congress, the fifth in five months.

Sibal resigned a day after the Congress brainstorming session held to discuss a roadmap for the party’s revival after a series of devastating election defeats.

He had been left out of the big meet and was no longer a part of the Congress’ advisory groups.

“I have filed my papers 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,” Sibal said.

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