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ND Tiwari touring Nainital to upset Congress

Former Uttarakhand chief minister and Congress heavyweight ND Tiwari’s recent visit to his native village in Nainital was mainly aimed at sounding alert to the Congress high command besides gauging the public pulse as to the chances of his son Rohit Shekhar for the 2014 general election. It also cannot be ruled out that Tiwari may lend his tacit support to the BJP for the Nainital seat.

dehradun Updated: Mar 30, 2014 21:57 IST
Former-Uttarakhand-chief-minister-ND-Tiwari-during-his-visit-to-Haldwani-HT-file-photo
Former-Uttarakhand-chief-minister-ND-Tiwari-during-his-visit-to-Haldwani-HT-file-photo

Former Uttarakhand chief minister and Congress heavyweight ND Tiwari’s recent visit to his native village in Nainital was mainly aimed at sounding alert to the Congress high command besides gauging the public pulse as to the chances of his son Rohit Shekhar for the 2014 general election. It also cannot be ruled out that Tiwari may lend his tacit support to the BJP for the Nainital seat.

Well placed sources in the Congress party informed that Tiwari was annoyed with the Congress president Sonia Gandhi as she did not meet him in Delhi and had to return to Nainital empty handed on March 21.

Offended with the behaviour of the Congress central leadership, he now wants to settle scores with the party.

Sources in the party claimed that Tiwari may extend his support to BJP candidate from Nainital-Udhamsingnagar parliamentary Bhagat Singh Koshiyari.

This was also evident from the recent bonhomie shared by the two leaders on Tiwari’s arrival in Nainital. Tiwari’s anger against the Congress and the recent development with the BJP may help Koshyari break the winning streak of Congress candidate KC Singh Baba for the past two LS elections.

Although the understanding between the two leaders is yet to be deciphered but sources informed that Tiwari wants to kill two birds with one arrow. On the one hand he wants to settle score with Congress and on the other hand he wants Shekhar to identify chances of establishing himself in Nainital.

Shekhar is also burning the midnight oil to hammer out means and ways of rooting himself as a political heir of his father especially at a time when there are several claimants from within the family.

When asked if the visit was successful, Rohit said he had gone to the village just to have a glimpse of his ancestral village. “Finding political ground for me and my father was secondary, even though my father still commands respect among the locals in several parts of Nainital,” said Rohit who is still touring Nainital Constituency to access his political prospects.