Former NCP leader Tariq Anwar joins Congress

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Tariq Anwar on Saturday returned to the Congress, more than 19 years after he quit the party to form the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

Anwar joined Congress after he met Congress President Rahul Gandhi at the latter’s Tughlaq Lane residence in New Delhi in the presence of Congress general secretary Ashok Gehlot and Shaktisinh Gohil.

Tariq Anwar on September 28 had resigned from NCP and Parliament following party chief Sharad Pawar’s defence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Rafale deal.

Anwar, a Lok Sabha member from Katihar in Bihar, was founding member & General Secretary of NCP.

Tariq Anwar was hurt by Sharad Pawar’s interview to Marathi news channel defending PM Modi in Rafale Deal. Pawar raised questions over Congress’s demand asking the government to divulge the details of the Rafale deal.  However, he said that the government shouldn’t have a problem in revealing the price of the fighter jets.

In 1990s a former president of Congress’ Bihar unit, Anwar along with Pawar and PA Sangma formed NCP, opposing Sonia Gandhi taking over as AICC president on grounds of her foreign origin.