PATNA: In a significant political development, parliamentarian Tariq Anwar today resigned from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) as well as a Lok Sabha member to protest party chief Sharad Pawar’s move to defend Prime Minister Narendra Modi in controversial Rafale fighter jet deal.
Anwar who held the post of NCP general secretary represents Katihar seat from Bihar in Lok Sabha.
“I personally respect Pawarji but I don’t agree with his statement over Rafale deal and hence am resigning from the party,” Anwar told the media on Friday adding his party chief’s statements had hurt him a lot.
He alleged the PM Modi is deeply involved in the controversial deal and is yet to prove his innocence in the controversy. “The statement of former France president amply proves this,” he said.
Anwar, along with Sharad Pawar and PA Sangma, had in 1999 broken away from the Congress to protest against the anointment of a ‘foreign origin person’ – Sonia Gandhi as the party president and floated NCP.