New Delhi: The Congress leaders kept the resignation of Kapil Sibal under wraps for nine days.
It would have gone silent for longer period had the veteran leader not announced his 'independent' candidature to Rajya Sabha yesterday.
On May 16 he is learned to have sent his resignation to Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
In the letter Sibal reportedly thanked the party for 'opportunities' he was given and he wanted to 'move on'
Both the congress and Kapil Sibal chose not to cry foul and mudsling.
Until Kapil Sibal opened up, even top leader of the Congress were clueless about the resignation.
Kapil Sibal belonged to the group of dissenters in the party that batted for radical changes.
He was reportedly very critical of former congress president Rahul Gandhi.
His resignation didn't ruffle up the party much which is evident from the way party reacted to it.
Quite atypical of similar situations, there was no attack from the leadership on him.
A senior congress leader reportedly said that it was 'an amicable separation', according to India Today.
The leader also said Kapil's exit could have huge impact on the dissenting G-23 group.
Congress leader Tariq Anwar said that Kapil was free to decide his future, adding "Everyone has ambition".
About leaders quitting the party, he said the Congress being not in power those who didn't want to struggle were leaving for greener pastures.
Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera says he hates to believe that he quit the party just for a Rajya Sabha seat.
However leaders would inwardly agree that the party lost a prominent national face.
His exit could convince many leaders aspiring governmental positions the futility in continuing in the party.