Tariq Anwar returns to Congress

Anwar is back with Congress 19 years after he had quit the party along with Sharad Pawar and the late P A Sangma over the issue of foreign origin of Sonia Gandhi.

Published: 27th October 2018 11:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th October 2018 06:07 AM   |  A+A-

Former NCP leader Tariq Anwar joined Congress in presence of party president Rahul Gandhi. (Photo| ANI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: IT was a homecoming for Tariq Anwar as he rejoined the Congress, the party which he had quit almost 19 years ago, on Saturday. The former NCP leader had quit the party a month ago after differences with party chief Sharad Pawar. Anwar, Pawar and PA Sangma had quit the Congress and floated the NCP in 1999 after Sonia Gandhi took over as the Congress chief. The trio was miffed over Sonia’s foreign origins. 

In Delhi, Anwar met Congress president Rahul Gandhi at the latter’s residence and was inducted into the party by general secretary Ashok Gehlot and Shaktisinh Gohil, the party’s in-charge for Anwar’s home state of Bihar. The former Katihar MP on September 28 had announced that he was quitting the NCP and also resigning from the Lok Sabha after Pawar’s alleged defence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the controversial Rafale deal. The NCP boss had later said that he was misquoted. 

Anwar was elected to the Lok Sabha from Katihar in 2014 with the support of the Congress and the Lalu Prasad-led Rashtriya Janata Dal. Anwar won the seat for the first time on a Congress ticket in 1980, when he was just 29. He won the seat again in 1984, 1996 and 1998. He was also a Rajya Sabha member from Maharashtra and was made the minister of state for agriculture and food processing in 2012 in the UPA-2 government. Anwar had previously served as the Bihar Congress unit president. 

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