Tariq Anwar likely to be back in Cong
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