Former CM of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand ND Tiwari dead at 93

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 18, 2018, 03.56 PM(IST)

File photo of ND Tiwari. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

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Tiwari passed away in Delhi where he was admitted to Max Hospital in Saket.

The former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Narayan Dutt Tiwari died Thursday in Delhi.

Tiwari breathed his last at Delhi's Max Hospital in Saket. Thursday was also Tiwari's birthday. 

Tiwari had been admitted to hospital last September after suffering a brain stroke. 

The veteran Congressman was the only politician to have served as the chief minister of two states. He was a three-time chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand (which is where he was from) chief minister from 2002-2007. 

Tiwari also served as a union minister in several Congress-led governments. He has been both a union finance and foreign minister. 

And in the 1990's, his name was bandied about as a possible prime ministerial candidate. 

Tiwari broke from the Congress, forming the Congress (T) along with veteran Congress leader Arjun Singh in 1995 during the tenure of then prime minister P V Narasimha Rao, but he returned to the fold in Sonia Gandhi took charge of the party. 

From 2007 until 2009, Tiwari served as the governor of Andhra Pradesh, but was forced to resign following a sex scandal. His son, Rohit Shekhar Tiwari, had joined the BJP in January last year ahead of the Assembly elections in Uttarakhand.

Tiwari was born on October 18, 1925 in Nainital and held a law degree from Allahabad University.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leaders of various parties expressed grief over his demise.

"Saddened by the passing away of Shri ND Tiwari Ji. A towering leader, he was known for his administrative skills. He will be remembered for his efforts towards industrial growth & working for the progress of UP & Uttarakhand, a state he steered in its initial days," the Prime Minister tweeted.

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Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath too conveyed their condolences.

Rawat said Tiwari's death was a "personal loss".

"The void left in Indian politics by his departure, will be very difficult to fill," he said. "Uttarakhand will never forget his contributions," Rawat tweeted. 

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also condoled the death of the party veteran.

"My deepest condolences on the passing away of veteran Congress leader, Former Union Minister, Former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh & Uttarakhand, Shri N D Tiwari ji," he tweeted. 

(With inputs from PTI)