Tariq Anwar joins Congress in presence of Rahul Gandhi

Oct 28, 2018, 08:20 IST | Agencies

One of the founders of the NCP, he had quit the party on September 28 after party chief Sharad Pawar had defended Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Rafale deal row

Tariq Anwar joins Congress in presence of Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi with Tariq Anwar. Pic/Twitter

In a big boost to the Congress ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, former Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Tariq Anwar joined the party in the presence of president Rahul Gandhi Saturday.

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

Anwar, who wrested the 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 said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intentions on the Rafale jet deal were not wrong.

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