Katihar MP Tariq Anwar has resigned from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and from the Lok Sabha. He resigned following NCP leader Sharad Pawar’s comments on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal.
Our (NCP) national president Sharad Pawar indirectly gave a clean chit to PM, in a statement on Rafale deal. PM is completely involved in deal. Opposition is demanding constitution of JPC for probe in it. I'm upset with his statement:Tariq Anwar after resigning from NCP &as LS MP pic.twitter.com/aoIVyRXuR9
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“Our (NCP) national president Sharad Pawar indirectly gave a clean chit to PM, in a statement on Rafale deal. PM is completely involved in deal. Opposition is demanding constitution of JPC for probe in it. I’m upset with his statement,” said Tariq Anwar after resigning.
NCP Spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Majeed Memon and party leader Nawab Malik confirmed Anwar`s resignation.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar has said people “do not have doubts” over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intentions.
After giving a clean chit to PM Modi on Rafale scam by a big leader like Sharad Pawar, it is impossible for me to continue in NCP, says MP Tariq Anwar in a media briefing https://t.co/DklVA2kRqn pic.twitter.com/aadKzhLU2x
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In an interview with a Marathi news channel, former Defence Minister Pawar also said the opposition’s demand to share technical details relating to the fighter jet “made no sense”.
He, however, said there was no harm for the government to disclose prices of the aircraft.
Anwar was a Lok Sabha member from Katihar in Bihar. The Muslim leader was a prominent NCP face in Bihar.
Who is Tariq Anwar?
n 1999, Tariq Anwar along with Sharad Pawar and P A Sangma broke away from Congress (I), in protest of a person of foreign origin (Sonia Gandhi) being appointed as president of Congress party and formed Nationalist Congress Party.
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His political career started from Indian National Congress, as a student leader. He contested his first Lok Sabha election from Katihar Parliamentary constituency on a Congress ticket in 1977 which he lost. But he won the 1980 Lok Sabha Election from Katihar. He has been the National President of Indian Youth Congress.In 1989, Tariq was offered the post of a cabinet rank with Finance portfolio in the substance of deputy Chief Minister in the Bihar Cabinet, headed by veteran Satyendra Narain Sinha.
NCP chose to be part of Indian National Congress controlled UPA’s federal government of India, from 2004-2014 (2 terms). On 28 October 2012, he was appointed Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing of the Government of India.
In 1999, Tariq Anwar along with Sharad Pawar and P A Sangma broke away from Congress (I), in protest of a person of foreign origin (Sonia Gandhi) being anointed president of Congress party and have formed Nationalist Congress Party.
He was a Member of the Parliament of India representing Maharashtra in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament. He has been Member of Lok Sabha several times from Katihar Parliamentary constituency .