Tariq An­war likely to be back in Cong

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - INDI - Vithika Salomi —FILE

Patna: Se­nior politi­cian Tariq An­war’s res­ig­na­tion from the NCP on Fri­day has trig­gered talks that he might re­turn to his par­ent party, the Congress, al­most 19 years af­ter he, along with Sharad Pawar and PA Sangma, had raised the ban­ner of re­volt against the then Congress chief So­nia Gandhi on grounds of her for­eign ori­gins.

Bi­har Congress pres­i­dent Madan Mo­han Jha said the party will wel­come him if he wants to re­turn to the fold. Congress MLC Prem Chan­dra Mishra said they were ea­gerly wait­ing to see what An­war’s next move will be.

An­war started his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer with the Congress and served it in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties in­clud­ing AICC mem­ber, NSUI, Youth Congress and Bi­har Congress unit act­ing pres­i­dent be­fore leav­ing the party. A source within the Congress said he had held talks with se­nior party lead­ers in Delhi and might be test­ing the wa­ters for his re­turn.

An­war may also re­ceive a grand wel­come in the RJD of Lalu Ya­dav, with whom he shares cor­dial re­la­tions.

An­war, on Fri­day, had re­signed from the pri­mary mem­ber­ship of the party and even quit as Lok Sabha mem­ber, “ag­grieved by Pawar’s state­ment shield­ing PM Naren­dra Modi over the Rafale deal”.

“There is a move­ment against Rafale and the en­tire Op­po­si­tion is united. Pawar ji’s state­ment had come… I had ex­pected a con­tra­dic­tion but that did not hap­pen for the next 24 hours and within the time BJP Pres­i­dent Amit Shah wel­comed it… Later, a con­tra­dic­tion was is­sued but that was too late for me,” An­war told Zee News on Satur­day.

Tariq An­war & Sharad Pawar

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