Congress veteran ND Tiwari’s son joins BJP ahead of Uttarakhand polls

Tiwari’s crossing over to the BJP will give the saffron party a boost in Kumaon region, a stronghold of chief minister Harish Rawat.
Former Uttarakhand and UP chief minister ND Tiwari joins the BJP.(HT File photo)
Former Uttarakhand and UP chief minister ND Tiwari joins the BJP.(HT File photo)
Updated on Jan 18, 2017 07:24 PM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByKumar Uttam

Rohit Shekhar, the son of senior Congress leader from Uttarakhand Narayan Dutt Tiwari, on Wednesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Tiwari accompanied Shekhar when his son joined the BJP, sparking media reports that the veteran politician too had joined the party.

Shekhar in 2014 won a six-year old legal battle and persuaded Tiwari to accept that he was his son. He was born out of an affair between the politician and his mother Dr Ujjwala Sharma..

Tiwari, 91, is a three-time chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, one-time CM of Uttarakhand and also held a gubernatorial post and several key portfolios in various Congress governments at the Centre.

His presence can help the saffron party in Kumaon region, a stronghold of chief minister Harish Rawat.

“Rohit may be fielded from Lalkuan or Haldwani assembly constituency. Tiwari will not contest the election,” a BJP source said.

Tiwari was seeking ticket for his son from the Congress party, too, and had recently extended support to Akhilesh Yadav following the family feud in UP’s ruling Samajwadi Party.

He had an unceremonious exit from Raj Bhawan of Andhra Pradesh after a CD featuring showing him in compromising position with women was aired by a local TV channel.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Tuesday, December 07, 2021