New Delhi, Sep 28: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) General Secretary Tariq Anwar on Friday resigned from the party and also quit the Lok Sabha.
“I have resigned from the NCP as well as the membership of Lok Sabha because I totally disagree with Sharad Pawar’s statement in support of Modi on Rafale deal,” he told the media.
“The Prime Minister is fully involved in the Rafale deal,” said Anwar, a party General Secretary, reacting to Pawar’s television interview in which he said he did not think people doubt Modi’s intentions on a personal level.
Shocked by his decision, the party said the move was “unfortunate” while Pawar’s daughter and party MP Supriya Sule said the NCP chief’s comments on the Prime Minister and the Rafale deal have been misunderstood as he has actually sought a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the deal.
Anwar was a Lok Sabha member from Bihar’s Katihar. He was considered as a prominent NCP face in Bihar.
“I do not agree with his statement and have resigned from the party and membership of Parliament,” the MP from Katihar asserted.
Reacting to his resignation, NCP General Secretary Praful Patel stated Anwar’s decision was sudden and felt it was not correct on his part to quit in this manner without any discussion with the leadership.
“We are surprised but sad at the same time. We want to clarify that Anwar who was with the part since its birth and was a founder… you have left suddenly and in this fashion without any discussion with the leadership, it is not correct,” he said.