on Wednesday announced that former Lok Sabha member Tariq Anwar would be its candidate for the biennial elections to the Legislative Council of Bihar. However, on Thursday it discovered that Anwar was not a voter in the state. Anwar, a former Union minister, was a Lok Sabha MP from Katihar, representing the Nationalist Congress
Party (NCP), from 2014 to 2019. However, he quit the NCP in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls in 2019 and contested on the Congress
ticket, losing to the Janata Dal (United) candidate. Anwar was to be the Congress’ sole candidate for the polls. The party, however, was taken by surprise when it discovered he was no longer a voter in Bihar, which is a prerequisite for contesting the Legislative Council poll in a state. It hastily changed its candidate at the last moment to field Samir Singh.