India, April 13 -- Former Rajya Sabha member Ahmad Ashfaque Karim has resigned from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), accusing the party that had been pushing for proportionate representation of committing injustice to minorities.

Karim, 68, who became a Rajya Sabha member in 2018 and completed his first term on April 2, had been keen to contest the Lok Sabha elections from the Katihar seat and had already started his campaign. But the seat was among the nine that the RJD conceded to the Congress as part of the agreement sealed between the five-party opposition Mahagatbandhan or Grand Alliance (GA).

The Congress has named Tariq Anwar, 73, its candidate. Anwar won the seat on a Nationalist Congress Party ticket in 2014 but in 2019, he was ...