Tariq Anwar (politician)

Summary

Tariq Anwar (born 16 January 1951) is an Indian politician as member of the Indian National Congress (INC). He served as the Minister of State of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries between 2012 and 2014.

Tariq Anwar
Tariq Anwar addressing the National Conference of State Ministers of Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries, in New Delhi on February 06, 2013.jpg
General Secretary of
AICC for Kerala & Lakshadweep
Assumed office
11 September 2020
PresidentSonia Gandhi
Member of the Lok Sabha for Katihar
In office
16 May 2014 – 28 September 2018
Preceded byNikhil Kumar Choudhary
In office
1996–1999
Preceded byMohammad Yunus Saleem
Succeeded byNikhil Kumar Choudhary
In office
1980–1989
Preceded byYuvraj Singh
Succeeded byYuvraj Singh
Member of the Rajya Sabha for Maharashtra
In office
July 2004 – 2014
Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries
In office
28 October 2012 – 16 May 2014
President of Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee
In office
1988–1989
Preceded byDumar Lal Baitha
Succeeded byJagannath Mishra
President of Indian Youth Congress
In office
1982–1985
Preceded byGhulam Nabi Azad
Succeeded byAnand Sharma
Personal details
Born (1951-01-16) 16 January 1951 (age 71)
Patna, Bihar, India
Political partyIndian National Congress
(1972–1999; 2018–present)
Other political
affiliations
Nationalist Congress Party
(1999–2018)
Spouse(s)
Hena Tariq
(m. 2001)
Children5

Anwar has been a member of the Indian Parliament for more than three decades – elected five times to the Lok Sabha, the lower house, from Katihar, and two times to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house, from Maharashtra.[1] He quit the INC over a presidency dispute of the party in 1999 and formed the Nationalist Congress Party along with Sharad Pawar and P. A. Sangma, before resigning 19 years after, and re-joining the INC in 2018. Anwar has been appointed both general secretary in charge of poll-bound Kerala and a member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC).

CareerEdit

Anwar joined the Indian National Congress in 1972.[2] His political career began a student leader. He contested his first Lok Sabha election from Katihar on a Congress ticket in 1977 which he lost before winning three year later. He has been the national president of Indian Youth Congress. In 1989, he was offered the post of the minister of finance in the government of Bihar, headed by Satyendra Narayan Sinha.[3]

In May 1999, Anwar along with other leaders of the INC, Sharad Pawar and P. A. Sangma, rebelled against a foreign-origin Sonia Gandhi being chosen as the party's Prime Minister-candidate ahead of the general election. In an open letter, they questioned her "experience and understanding of public life" in being able to rule a country "with a population of 980 million".[4] A few days later, they were expelled from the party's prime membership for six years.[5] They later quit the party and formed Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). However, the NCP chose to support the INC-led United Progressive Alliance for two terms at the centre between 2004 and 2014. In October 2012, Anwar was appointed Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing.[6][7] During the time, he served as a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament, representing Maharashtra.[8]

In September 2018, he resigned from the NCP over colleague Pawar's clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rafale deal controversy, and re-joined the INC the following month.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nair, Sobhana K. (28 September 2018). "Upset with Pawar, Tariq Anwar quits NCP". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Tariq Anwar back in Congress after 19 years, 2 TRS leaders too join". Hindustan Times. 27 October 2018. Archived from the original on 27 October 2018. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  3. ^ Swarup, Harihar (23 May 1999). "Diverse backgrounds, common goal". The Tribune. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  4. ^ "The controversial letter to Sonia Gandhi". Rediff.com. 17 May 1999. Archived from the original on 25 March 2018. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  5. ^ Iype, George (20 May 1999). "CWC expels threesome for six years". Rediff.com. Archived from the original on 24 June 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Press Communique, Release ID:88654". 28 October 2012. Archived from the original on 14 May 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  7. ^ Nair, Sobhana K. (28 September 2018). "Upset with Pawar, Tariq Anwar quits NCP". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  8. ^ Kumar, Abhay (28 October 2012). "The fall and rise of Tariq Anwar". Deccan Herald. Archived from the original on 28 October 2018. Retrieved 27 October 2018.

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Party political offices
Preceded by Leader of the Nationalist Congress Party in the 16th Lok Sabha
2014–2018
Incumbent