Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and Member of Parliament from Katihar Tariq Anwar resigns from his party alleging the national president Sharad Pawar’s praising Modi government in Rafale deal.
Anwar made the announcement in his Lok Sabha constituency Katihar that he is quitting from all party posts as well.
The Rafale controversy has sparked a crisis in Sharad Pawar’s NCP ahead of upcoming Lok Sabha election 2019.
The real picture behind the curtain:
A highly placed source in Congress party told Newsd that the Modi is just a shield on which Tariq Anwar is trying to score political brownie points, but in reality, he wants to save Katihar seat in upcoming general election 2019. It was not possible because of NCP’s poor performance in Bihar. Anwar is facing resentment in his constituency, especially among the minority class. There was no surety of him getting the ticket in ‘Mahagathbandhan’ from Katihar and he was waiting for an opportune moment to activate his supporters and use the anti-Modi sentiments.
Bihar’s Kadwa MLA and Secretary, All India Congress Committee, Shakeel Ahmad Khan speaking with Newsd said, “We are ready to welcome him back in his old home, and the doors are open for him.”
We requested Tariq Anwar not to put NCP candidates in 2015 Bihar Assembly Elections, however, he refused and it caused Congress loss in few seats. Our protest against him will continue in Katihar, said Kadwa MLA Shakeel Ahmad Khan.
At present Congress has 2 MLAs from Katihar. Congress is keeping a close eye on Tariq Anwar’s next political move. When asked about the possibility of Katihar MP joining Congress, Shakeel Ahmad said he is always welcome to join the party but he has not received any such information yet.