New Delhi: Former Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand chief minister ND Tiwari passed away on his birthday in Delhi on Thursday.
The 93-year-old politician was admitted to Max Hospital in Saket on September 20, 2017, after suffering a brain stroke.
“Tiwari-ji’s contribution to Uttarakhand can never be forgotten. He played a key role in giving pace to the financial and industrial development of the newly formed Uttarakhand, and helped the state to stand up on its feet,” Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat tweeted.
Narayan Datt Tiwari was shifted to the ICU after multiple organ failure, his condition was described by hospital sources as “very serious”.
Tiwari was one of the most prominent leaders of congress holding many important portfolio’s throughout his career. He remains as the only Chief Minister of Uttarakhand to have completed his 5 year tenure in office.
Born on October 18, 1925 ND Tiwari was a freedom fighter before joining the Congress and became the Minister of External Affairs in the Rajiv Gandhi cabinet. He remains the only politician to be elected Chief Minister in two Indian states. He served as the CM of UP three times. He was a contender to be Prime Minister of India in the early 1990s but was pipped to the post by PV Narasimha Rao. One of the key reasons was that he lost the Lok Sabha elections by a mere 800 votes earlier.