New Delhi: Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Narayan Dutt Tiwari breathed his last on Thursday after a prolonged illness at Max Hospital in Delhi. The veteran politician passed away on his 93rd birthday.
In his long political career, the veteran leader had served as a Union minister in several Congress governments apart from being the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
He entered politics during the Indian Independence movement and was arrested on 14 December 1942 for writing Anti-British leaflets opposing the regime’s imperialist policies.
Only CM to serve in two states
ND Tiwari was thrice Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh (1976–77, 1984–85, 1988–89) and once Chief Minister of Uttarakhand (2002–2007). He was the only person who served as a chief minister in two states.
Rohit Shekhar Tiwari filed a paternity suit claiming N D Tiwari to be his biological father. The DNA mapping of Tiwari – which was conducted on court orders – established that he was the biological father of Rohit Shekhar Tiwari with Ujjwala Tiwari being the biological mother. On 3 March 2014, Tiwari accepted that Rohit Shekhar is his son.
Marriage at 88
On 14 May 2014, he married Ujjwala Tiwari, his longtime partner, and mother of his biological son Rohit Shekhar, at the age 88.
Blessings to BJP
On January 18, 2017, Tiwari extended blessings and his support to Narendra Modi and the BJP for the assembly elections held in the states of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh in presence of BJP President Amit Shah, thereby endorsing saffron party’s agenda of development.
Sex scandal at 85
Tiwari was involved in a sex scandal that was revealed with the broadcast by Telugu language satellite news channel ABN Andhra Jyothi. The channel telecasted a video that showed Tiwari in bed with three women at his official residence in the Raj Bhavan. A police complaint was filed against Tiwari for “sexually abusing girls, blackmail, and misuse of office”.
Formed a new political party
In 1994, he resigned from Congress and formed his own All India Indira Congress, along with senior Congress leaders. He joined back the grand old party, when Sonia Gandhi assumed the helm of affairs, two years after a devastating defeat of the party under Narasimha Rao in 1996.