Former NCP leader Tariq Anwar today formally joined in the Congress party.
Anwar’s return to the Congress fold was being speculated since he quit NCP over an issue.
This marks Anwar’s return to Congress after more than 19 years after he quit the party to form the Nationalist Congress Party along with Sharad Pawar and the late PA Sangma.
Tariq Anwar met Congress President Rahul Gandhi at the latter’s Tughlaq Lane residence in New Delhi today where he was welcomed into the party.
Also present on the occasion was Congress general secretary Ashok Gehlot and Shaktisinh Gohil, who is the party’s in-charge for Mr Anwar’s state Bihar.
Tariq 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.
A former president of Congress’s Bihar unit, Mr Anwar formed the NCP in 1999 along with Mr Pawar and Mr Sangma, opposing Sonia Gandhi taking over as Congress president.>