Tariq Anwar, who co-founded the Nationalist Congress Party with Sharad Pawar, with Congress President Rahul Gandhi and other leaders, on October 27, 2018. (Photograph: @INCIndia/Twitter)

NCP Co-Founder Tariq Anwar Joins Congress

Nearly a month after quitting the Nationalist Congress Party, Tariq Anwar joined the Indian National Congress on Saturday after meeting its chief Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi.

On September 28, the former Member of Parliament from the Katihar Lok Sabha constituency announced he was quitting the NCP and was also giving up his Lok Sabha membership 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’ Bihar unit, Anwar formed the NCP in the 1990s along with Pawar and the late PA Sangma, opposing Sonia Gandhi taking over as AICC president on grounds of her foreign origin.