Senior Congress politician Kapil Sibal emphatically denied joining the BJP on Thursday, a day after Jitin Prasada crossed sides to the saffron party.
Last year, Prasada and Sibal were two of the 23 signatories to a petition to interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi requesting fundamental changes in the party.
“We’re true Congressmen, never in my life will I think of joining BJP, like over my dead body. It could be that if Congress leadership informs me to leave. I may think of leaving party on that basis but won’t join BJP,” Sibal was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. On Wednesday, Prasada, who was considered close to former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, joined the BJP ahead of the crucial Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh early next year.
Sibal added that if Prasada had left the party because of the leadership’s response to the letter writers’ concerns, it was his personal choice and that he was free to do so, but he questioned why he chose to join the BJP.
“What is the rational basis for that except for ‘prasada (personal gain) politics… We see this happening around the country,” Sibal said.