NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader and former union minister on Wednesday joined the growing list of leaders quitting the Congress and filed his nomination for the June 10 Rajya Sabha election from the Samajwadi Party.
Sibal, a prominent member of the G 23 who flagged the lack of reforms in the Congress, had taken a staunch position against the party's ruling Gandhi family and had literally walked to the point of no return by arguing publicly that Gandhis should step aside from the leadership position and enable meaningful change.
With other G 23 members Ghulam Nabi Azad, Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Anand Sharma among others reaching a compromise with the leadership, Sibal was largely isolated in the anti-Gandhi space.
Filing his RS nomination from Uttar Pradesh today with the support of the Samajwadi Party, Sibal said he would work to bring anti-BJP forces together to fight the Modi government in the 2024 General Election.
Speaking to the media after filing the nomination, Sibal said, "You know that I used to raise my voice in Rajya Sabha. Last time also I was a UP candidate. I used to raise your voice then and will do the same in the next six years as well. I am not a Congress leader anymore. I had submitted my resignation on May 16."