Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, former Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Tariq Anwar today joined Congress in the presence of its president Rahul Gandhi.
He was one of the founder of NCP, along with Sharad Pawar, who had quit Congress party in 1999, on the issue of Sonia Gandhi’s `foreign origion’, but left the party last month after Pawar had defended Prime Minister Narenra Modi on the Rafale deal row.
Taking his return to Congress lightly, NCP’s chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said, “For many days, he wanted to join Congress and has joined it today. But, we are sad for the reason given by him for quitting the party.”
Anwar, along with his supporters, met Gandhi at his Tughlaq Lane residence and was welcomed into the party fold. Anwar, who wrested Katihar Lok Sabha seat from BJP in the 2014 election despite the Narendra Modi wave, had said he was “hurt” by Pawar’s interview to a Marathi news channel where he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intentions on the Rafale fighter jet aircraft deal were not wrong.
Earlier, he was Bihar Congress Committee president and played key role in Congress affairs.