Former NCP leader Tariq Anwar joins Congress Party

Updated:  Oct 27, 2018, 10:30 AM

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Ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha election Congress party gets a boost up as former Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Tariq Anwar joined the Congress party in presence of president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday.

NCP’s chief spokesperson Nawab Malik reacted to this and 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 had quit the party on September 28 after the party chief Sharad Pawar defended Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Rafale deal row. He then hinted about him joining the Congress, which he had left in 1999 along with Pawar. He along with his supporters met with Congress Chief at his Tughlaq Lane residence and was welcomed into the party fold.

Anwar, who snatched 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 defended Prime Minister by saying that his intention was not wrong in the Rafale fighter jet aircraft deal. “From his statement, I felt he has some soft corner for the BJP and the Prime Minister,” Anwar said to a News Paper.

Asked how an experienced Politician like him could leave the party on the basis of one statement, Anwar had said, “We have been waging an agitation against the BJP, particularly against the Prime Minister, and it will not be proper if that campaign is weakened in any way….Our party has always been anti-communal. It is not right if any softness appears in that stand.”

In the same interview, Pawar had said that he didn’t think that people have doubts about Modi’s intentions in the Rafale deal. He also said that Opposition’s demand to share technical details relating to the fighter jets “made no sense”. Although he thinks there is no harm for the government to disclose the prices of the aircraft. Meanwhile, NCP claims that Pawar’s statement was being read out of context.

After being accused of defending Narendra Modi, NCP chief denounce the charges and said he would never do that. “Some people have criticised me saying I supported him (Modi). I have not supported him. I did not (support Modi) and will never (do that),” Pawar said.

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