For veteran Congressman Devendra Nath Dwivedi, his gubernatorial assignment in Gujarat remained an unfulfilled dream.
A former Supreme Court lawyer, who also served as the additional solicitor general of India, Dwivedi was appointed Governor of Gujarat on July 18. However, even before he could take over, he developed liver complications and died.
He was a member of the party think-tank and close confidant of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He served the Congress in various capacities for over four decades.
Dwivedi was a member of the Rajya Sabha from 1974 to 1980. Impressed with Dwivedi's intellect and understanding of politics, the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi made him a Rajya Sabha member.
He was a permanent invitee to the Congress Working Committee (CWC) and earlier served as a party general secretary during the Prime Ministership of PV Narasimha Rao.
Though Dwivedi left the Congress in 1999 and joined Nationalist Congress Party floated by Sharad Pawar, he came back to the party-fold in 2001.
A known Rao loyalist, Dwivedi grew close to then finance Minister Manmohan Singh and their proximity grew over the years.
74-year-old Dwivedi hailed from Varanasi and was a protege of Congress stalwart Kamlapati Tripathi.
After being in political wilderness for quite a few years, Dwivedi was to start a new innings as Gujarat Governor but destiny willed otherwise.