Tariq An­war does ghar wapsi to Cong af­ter leav­ing NCP

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - INDI - —PTI Ar­shad Ali

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.


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