Tariq Anwar does ghar wapsi to Cong after leaving NCP
New Delhi: Nearly a month after quitting the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Tariq Anwar on Saturday joined the Congress after meeting its chief Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi, sources said.
Anwar along with his supporters met Gandhi at his Tughlaq Lane residence and was welcomed into the party fold, the sources said.
The former MP from Katihar Lok Sabha constituency would make a formal announcement of his joining the Congress party later in the day, they said.
Anwar announced he was quitting the NCP and was also giving up his Lok Sabha membership on September 28 after Sharad Pawar’s “defence” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Rafale fighter jet deal. Pawar was quoted in the media as having given a clean chit to Modi on the deal.
Pawar, however, had clarified he was misquoted in the reports and he had given no such clean chit to Modi.
A former president of Congress’s Bihar unit, Anwar formed the NCP in the 1990s along with Pawar and the late PA Sangma, as a protest to Sonia Gandhi taking over as the Congress president on grounds of her foreign origin.
The party thereafter allied with the Congress at the national level and also in Maharashtra. Kolkata: Former BJP minority cell president of West Bengal Shakil Ansari who had defected to the Trinamool Congress and was appointed the vice-president of the minority cell of the party, now finds the situation ‘suffocating’ within the party and is likely to switch to the Congress. Sources said that he had called up Congress state president for an appointment.
On Friday, Ansari visited the West Bengal Congress headquarters and met the party state chief Somen Mitra to inform him about his wish to switch to the Congress.
“Two years and seven months ago I had resigned from the BJP as the minority morcha president because it was communal and joined TMC only to realise that most of the members here are interested in self-service and not social service. I feel suffocated here everyday. I want to work for the community and I get no support at all,” he told DNA.
Asked about what transpired in the meeting between him and Mitra he said that he had placed his cards face up on the table and it was now up to the party to decide.
Rahul Gandhi welcomes Tariq Anwar in New Delhi on Saturday
Shakil Anwar was a BJP member before he shifted to the TMC