ND Tiwari, veteran Congress leader and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister, dies at 93

Veteran Congress leader and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Narayan Datt Tiwari passed away on Thursday at the age of 93.

Tiwari, who was undergoing treatment at Max Super Speciality Hospital in Saket, breathed his last at 2.50 pm after he suffered a heart attack on the day of his birthday. The three-time Uttar Pradesh chief minister had been hospitalised since September, 2017 after suffering a brain stroke and a paralytic attack.

 ND Tiwari, veteran Congress leader and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister, dies at 93

File image of ND Tiwari. Reuters

In July, his son Rohit had described his condition as "extremely serious". He had further mentioned that his father was put on dialysis "due to kidney failure" and was suffering from acute bacterial infection in the stomach. Home minister Rajnath Singh visited Tiwari at the hospital the same month.

Tiwari is the only politician to have served as the chief minister of two states — Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Tiwari, who was considered close to Indira Gandhi, had served as a Union minister in several Congress-led governments.

After Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, Tiwari lost the bid to become the prime minister to PV Narasimha Rao when he was defeated in Nainital seat in the 1991 Lok Sabha elections.

He formed Congress (T), the breakaway faction of the Congress, along with veteran Congress leader Arjun Singh in 1995 during the tenure of Rao. However, he later merged his party with the Congress when Sonia Gandhi took charge of the party.

During his political career, Tiwari was linked to a few controversies. In 2009, at the age of 86, he resigned as the governor of Andhra Pradesh after his name surfaced in a sex scandal.

When he was 88, he married 65-year-old Ujjwala Sharma, the mother of his biological son Rohit. The wedding took place months after the Delhi High Court ruled that DNA tests revealed that he was Rohit's father.

Following the news of Tiwari's demise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leaders of various parties expressed grief over his demise.

A three-day state mourning till 20 October has been declared in Uttarakhand in the honour of the departed leader.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Oct 18, 2018 23:46:47 IST