Pawar recommends Anwar's name for ministerial berth

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New Delhi, Oct 21: Union Agriculture Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday recommended the name of senior party leader Tariq Anwar for a vacant quota of ministerial berth in the Union Cabinet. NCP spokesperson Nawab malik informed this in Mumbai.

It is learnt that Anwar would fill up the NCP's vacant quota after former minister Agatha Sangma, daughter of former NCP leader P A Sangma, resigned from the party in the wake of her father's decision to contest the presidential election against UPA's Pranab Mukherjee, the current President of India. Sangma senior had quit the NCP for the latter did not support his decision to contest the presidential polls for it is a part of the UPA.

Pawar told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that Anwar should be inducted in the Cabinet for a berth was due to them, Malik said, adding that they expected the senior ally to take care of their position.

The party spokesperson also said that neither the party nor Pawar himself had proposed the name of his daughter Supriya Sule as a candidate for the ministerial post.

Anwar, meanwhile, said in Pune that he would try to serve the people better bid he became a minister in the Cabinet. The leader from Bihar said that he had been a loyal supporter of the NCP.

Anwar also took a dig at anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal and his India Against Corruption (IAC) for bringing corruption charges against Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and other leaders across the political spectrum.

Anwar was speaking on the reports about former IPS officer Y P Singh who had accused Kejriwal of concealing the name of Pawar while making revelations about BJP chief Nitin Gadkari's alleged involvement in land scams in Maharashtra. Singh said Pawar and his daughter were also among the beneficiaries of the scam.

The veteran NCP leader said the anti-corruption activists were doing all this to get some cheap publicity.

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