Former Union minister and senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal Monday filed his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha elections from Uttar Pradesh.
Sibal, who was accompanied by wife Promila while filing papers at Vidhan Bhavan in Lucknow, declared total assets — movable and immovable — worth over Rs 184 crore. This is a huge jump from Rs 114 crore -worth total assets that he had declared while contesting the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Chandni Chowk in New Delhi. The major increase has been in his immovable assets, which include purchase of both agricultural and non-agricultural land in Raja Reddy district of Andhra Pradesh in the past two years. The total assets declared, in both the elections, include that of his wife.
In 2014, Sibal had declared total movable assets worth Rs 13.37 crore, including wife’s Rs 1.34 crore. While his movable assets have decreased by about Rs 1 crore, that of his wife has increased by a similar amount. In the affidavit filed for RS polls, he has declared his and Promila’s movable assets at Rs 11.07 crore and Rs 2.33 crore, respectively.
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In March 2014, he had declared his immovable assets at close to Rs 72.11 crore, which have now increased to Rs 136.13 crore. Apart from the increase in the value of his existing properties, Sibal also bought several acres of land in Andhra Pradesh in past two years. The new purchases include, two plots of agricultural land —- of 7.08 acre and 3.13 acre — in Mominpet village of Raja Reddy district in Andhra Pradesh bought on February 4, 2016. Sibal also purchased another 9.22-acre agricultural land in the same village on December 16, 2015. The new purchases also include non-agriculture land of 22,875 sq feet in Quttbullapur Mandal of the same Andhra Pradesh district bought on September 2, 2014.
In all, Sibal declared seven pieces of land, including five agricultural and two non-agricultural, shares in six commercial buildings, and also nine residential buildings owned by him in Secunderabad, Patna, New Delhi, Hyderabad and Gurgaon.
The worth of immovable assets of his wife also increased from Rs 28.97 crore in 2014 to Rs 35.29 crore now. The properties largely include the residential buildings inherited by her in New Friends Colony, New Delhi.
Besides Sibal, party leader from Amethi and state Congress general secretary Deepak Singh filed nomination as official party candidate for the UP Legislative Council elections.
Sibal and Singh were accompanied by senior party leaders including AICC general secretary Madhusudan Mistry, Rajya Sabha member Pramod Tiwari and PCC chief Nirmal Khatri.
“I am proud that party has chosen me to represent Uttar Pradesh. I will fulfill my duties,” Sibal said after filing the nomination.
Congress has 29 MLAs in the 403-member state Assembly and Sibal would require an additional five votes for victory. Asked whether ruling Samajwadi Party has assured him of support for the extra votes, Sibal said: “Sab ka saath, mere saath (All are with me).”
Sibal’s legal expertise has brought him closer to the ruling SP in state. He has represented the SP government in the Supreme Court on several crucial cases, at times drawing the ire of state Congress.
Sibal will replace Gandhi family loyalist Satish Sharma, whose term is ending in July.
Meanwhile, Deepak Singh, who hails from Amethi and is also considered a Gandhi family loyalist, thanked party president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi as well as Priyanka Gandhi for his candidature and maintained that he was doing things “as instructed”. In his affidavit, Singh and his wife together declared total assets worth Rs 7 crore.
May 31 (Tuesday) is the last date for filing of nomination papers. Till Monday, 10 candidates had filed papers for the 11 RS seats that will go to polls on June 11. For the 13 seats of the Legislative Council, that will go to polls on June 10, a total of 12 candidates have filed their nominations so far.