Tariq Anwar joined Congress today after meeting party president Rahul Gandhi
Nearly a month after quitting the Nationalist Congress Party, Tariq Anwar joined the Congress today. He met Congress President Rahul Gandhi at the latter's Tughlaq Lane residence in New Delhi and was welcomed into the party in the presence of Congress general secretary Ashok Gehlot and Shaktisinh Gohil, the party's in-charge for Mr Anwar's state Bihar.
Mr Anwar was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Katihar constituency in Bihar in 2014, with the support of the Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal. He won the seat for the first time on a Congress ticket in 1980, when he was just 29. He won the seat again in 1984, 1996 and 1998.
Mr Anwar announced he was quitting the NCP and was also giving up his Lok Sabha membership on September 28 after party chief Sharad Pawar's alleged "defence" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Rafale fighter jet deal.
Mr Pawar was quoted in the media as having given a clean chit to Prime Minister Modi on the deal. However, he clarified later that he had been misquoted.
A former president of Congress's Bihar unit, Mr Anwar formed the NCP in 1999 along with Mr Pawar and the late PA Sangma, opposing Sonia Gandhi taking over as Congress president on grounds of her foreign origin. The party thereafter allied with the Congress at the national level and also in Maharashtra.