Senior NCP Leader Tariq Anwar quits party, Lok Sabha

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) General Secretary Tariq Anwar on Friday resigned from the party and Parliament following party chief Sharad Pawar’s “defence” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Rafale deal.

“I am resigning from all posts in the party, of which I was a founding member, and also giving up my membership of Parliament,” Anwar said in his Lok Sabha constituency.

Party leader Nawab Malik and NCP Spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Majeed Memon confirmed Tariq Anwar’s resignation. 

Anwar was a Lok Sabha member from Katihar in Bihar. He was a prominent NCP face in Bihar.

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 P A Sangma formed NCP, opposing Sonia Gandhi taking over as AICC president on grounds of her foreign origin.