Former NCP leader Tariq Anwar joins Congress in presence of Rahul Gandhi

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In a big boost to the Congress ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, former Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Tariq Anwar joined the party in presence of president Rahul Gandhi Saturday.

Anwar, one of the founders of the NCP, had quit the party on September 28 after party chief Sharad Pawar had defended Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Rafale deal row. He had then indicated about him joining the Congress, which he had left in 1999 along with Pawar.

Anwar, who wrested Katihar Lok Sabha seat from BJP in the 2014 election despite the Narendra Modi wave, had said he was “hurt” by Pawar’s interview to a Marathi news channel where he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intentions on the Rafale fighter jet aircraft deal were not wrong. “From his statement, I felt he has some soft corner for the BJP and the Prime Minister,”.

Pawar had said that he didn’t think that people have doubts about Modi’s intentions in the Rafale deal. He had also said that the Opposition’s demand to share technical details relating to the fighter jets “made no sense”. He, however, had also said there was no harm for the government to disclose prices of the aircraft.

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