Tariq Anwar joins Congress after quitting NCP over Sharad Pawar's 'defence' for PM Narendra Modi on Rafale deal
Tariq Anwar joins Congress: Anwar along with his supporters met Gandhi at his Tughlaq Lane residence and was welcomed into the party fold.
News agency ANI reported, Anwar along with his supporters met Gandhi at his Tughlaq Lane residence and was welcomed into the party fold. Through Twitter, Congress informed, "Congress President Rahul Gandhi welcomes Shri Tariq Anwar into the Congress family." The former MP from Katihar Lok Sabha constituency would make a formal announcement of his joining the Congress party later in the day.
— Congress (@INCIndia) October 27, 2018
Anwar was the Lok Sabha MP from Katihar in Bihar and was considered to be close to Pawar. Defending PM Modi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar had stated that people do not have doubts over PM’s intentions and in protest against party president’s statement, Anwar resigned. Objecting to Pawar's remark, NCP general secretary Munaf Hakim also quit the party.
A former president of Congress's Bihar unit, Anwar formed the NCP in the 1990s along with Pawar and the late P A Sangma, opposing Sonia Gandhi taking over as AICC president on grounds of her foreign origin. The party thereafter allied with the Congress at the national level and also in Maharashtra.
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