In a major setback to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, prominent leader in the party Tariq Anwar today quits the party and also as Lok Sabha member. He is a Lok Sabha MP from Katihar in Bihar. His resignation from the party said to be followed Pawar’s giving `clean chit’ to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Rafale deal.
NCP Spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Majeed Memon and party leader Nawab Malik confirmed Tariq Anwar’s resignation. Anwar was a prominent face of the NCP and was also the general secretary of the NCP.
“Our (NCP) national president Sharad Pawar indirectly gave a clean chit to PM, in a statement on Rafale deal. PM is completely involved in deal. Opposition is demanding constitution of JPC for probe in it. I am upset with his statement,” he said.
In an interview to a Marathi television channel this week, Pawar had said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intentions on the Rafale fighter jet aircraft deal were not wrong. Reacting, BJP chief Amit Shah thanked him for ‘placing national interest above party politics and speaking the truth’.
Anwar, along with Sharad Pawar and PA Sangma, had in 1999 broken away from the Congress to protest against the anointment of a ‘foreign origin person’ – Sonia Gandhi, as the party president and floated NCP.