New Delhi: In a major embarrassment to the Uttar Pradesh government and ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a video of state chief minister Yogi Adityanath, laughing with his other ministers during the last rites of former UP and Uttarakhand chief minister ND Tiwari, has surfaced.
The video was shared on micro-blogging site Twitter. In the video clip, Yogi Adityanath was seen sharing a joke with Bihar Governor Lalji Tandon and some other ministers. The video has gone viral and is being widely criticized by the political parties.
According to News18 report, Congress spokesperson Zishan slammed BJP and said that the party should understand such events are not a mere photo opportunity. The Samajwadi Party also reacted sharply and called it an insensitive act.
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Congress leader Narayan Dutt Tiwari passed away at the age of 93 on October 18 at a private hospital in the national capital. Tragically, the 93-year-old leader who had also served as governor of Andhra Pradesh and a Union minister died on his birthday.
The politician was admitted to Max Hospital in Saket on September 20 last year after suffering a brain stroke. In July, when the Congress veteran was shifted to the ICU after multiple organ failure, his condition was described by hospital sources as “very serious”.
Tiwari joined the Congress in 1963 and was the only Indian politician to have served as chief minister of two states — Uttar Pradesh and later Uttarakhand. He first became chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in 1976 when took over the post from Veer Bahadur Singh.
In 1984, Tiwari became Uttar Pradesh chief minister for the second time. He leads the Congress to victory in the state Assembly elections held months after Indira Gandhi’s assassination the same year. But Rajiv Gandhi replaced him within a few months of party’s victory.
In 1988, it was his third stint as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister. But the Congress suffered a historic defeat in 1989 and since then it has struggled to regain hold of the state. Tiwari’s stint as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister did not last longer than a year.
He was elected to both Houses of Parliament during his days in the Congress. In 1980, he was elected to the 7th Lok Sabha and held several portfolios during his tenure. In 1985, he was elected to the Rajya Sabha.