Patna: Returning Congress leader Tariq Anwar who joined the party on October 31 urged the ex-leaders to rejoin Congress and join the fight in ousting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from the Centre and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Anwar who joined Congress nearly two decades back quit as the national general secretary of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) led by the Sharad Pawar. After rejoining Congress, Anwar said, “The Congress has given me a lot and I have served in probably all crucial capacities except that of national president.”
“The fact is, Congress is my old home. And I urge all others who have left the party over the years because of various reasons to return and join us in our fight against Modi and Nitish Kumar,” he said.
Speaking of his decision to reunite with the Congress, the former NCP leader said although his decision to leave the party was painful he was joining Congress without any conditions. Anwar quit NCP on September 28 following a tiff over the much-debated Rafale issue.
Anwar also tendered his resignation from his Lok Sabha membership from the Pawar-led party from Bihar’s Katihar. He further went on to criticise the Bihar government of lawlessness in the state saying Nitish Kumar’s image of a good administrator is in tatters. His comment came just after the unfortunate demise of a female constable who was denied sick leave.
Trouble brewed between the NCP chief and Anwar after Pawar favoured Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said people “do not have doubts” over Modi’s intentions in the Rafale deal. He, however, retracted from his statement. Following this, Anwar said that there was point thinking about the resignation.
Leaders like former chief minister Jagannath Mishra, Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, Rajya Sabha MP CP Thakur, LJP MP Mahmood Ali Kaisar and JD(U) legislator Ashok Choudhary were a few Congressmen who are now members of other parties.