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Katihar owes its fame and prominence to senior politician and now a NCP leader Tariq Anwar.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2004 15:26 IST

Katihar constituency in northeastern Bihar owes its fame and prominence to senior politician and now a Nationalist Congress Party leader Tariq Anwar, who continues to be a force to reckon with over more than two decades, despite his "shock defeat" in the last general elections.

Once a highly-influential Congress leader, Anwar will try his luck once again from the seat where, as a NCP candidate, he suffered a huge defeat by 13,6,852 votes at the hands of BJP's Nikhil Kumar Choudhary in 1999. It was primarily RJD-backed Congress' Mubarak Hussain who spoiled his chances then, polling 22.14% (14,1,575) votes, just 2484 less than him.

But, taking no chances, Anwar has ensured support of RJD this time making the contest more interesting. Nikhil Kumar had got less votes than the combined percentage bagged by Anwar and Congress candidate in 1999. Anwar had defeated Choudhary by 20437 votes in 1998 in a 15-cornered contest. The constituency had sent him to parliament in 1980, 1984 and 1996 also.

Fighting the seat since 1977, Anwar had lost here in 1989, 1991 and 1999.

The constituency has a substantial Muslim population.

First Published: Mar 26, 2004 18:30 IST