The Congress on Wednesday played down the resignation of Kapil Sibal, who filed nomination for the Rajya Sabha as an independent supported by the Samajwadi Party from Uttar Pradesh today. The party said that its space is large in the national polity and many leaders joining the grand old party in various states are not being taken note of.
AICC General Secretary K C Venugopal said that eight former MLAs had joined the party in Haryana two days ago. He was responding to PTI’s query on the continuing trend of leaders leaving the national party even after the ‘Chintan Shivir’ held in Rajasthan recently. Venugopal said Sibal has not said anything against the Congress ideology in his resignation letter. The Congress leader denied saying anything on whether Sibal quit Congress eyeing only a Rajya Sabha seat as the Congress has no seats in its kitty to accommodate the senior leader.
On his leaving the party, Sibal said, “I had a deep relation with the Congress. It was for 30-31 years. This is not a small thing. I joined the Congress because of Rajivji (former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi). You must be thinking, about how one can go from the Congress after 31 years. There must be something (for leaving the party).. that my heart is facing. Sometimes such decisions are to be taken.” “But my ideology is related to that of the Congress. I am not far away from the Congress and its ideology. I am with the sentiments of the party,” he said in his statement.
Sibal resigned from Congress last week.