New Delhi: Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Congress leader Narayan Dutt Tiwari passed away at the age of 93 on Thursday 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 today. Also Read - RIP Rishi Kapoor! Succumbing to Leukemia, Veteran Actor Dies at 67 in Mumbai, Here is all You Need to Know About The Condition
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”. Also Read - Viral Trend: Netizens List Things They Want to Do Before Their Death With #ICanNotDieBefore
Condoling Tiwari’s demise, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat tweeted: “Tiwari-ji’s contribution to Uttarakhand can never be forgotten. He played a key role in giving pace to the financial and industrial development of the newly formed Uttarakhand, and helped the state to stand up on its feet”. Also Read - Pakistan: One Killed, Five Others Injured in 'Cylinder Explosion' in Lahore, Says Report
The Uttarakhand government announced three-day state mourning, during which the national flag will be flown at half mast at all government offices. Also, no official function will be organised in the state during this period.
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 lead 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.
In 2002, he became chief minister of Uttarakhand. He is the only chief minister in the state to complete a five-year term.
Tiwari also served as Governor of Andhra Pradesh between 2007 and 2009.
Ahead of the Uttarakhand Assembly elections this year, Tiwari, alongwith his son Rohit joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).