New Delhi: Narayan Dutt Tiwari, veteran politician and former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, passed away at a hospital in Delhi on Thursday after prolonged illness.
It was Tiwari’s 93rd birthday today.
Tiwari was admitted to Saket's Max hospital in Delhi and died at 2:50 pm, news agency PTI reported quoting doctors.
According to reports, the veteran politician was admitted to the hospital in September last year after he suffered a brain stroke.
On October 26, he was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital. He was suffering from fever and pneumonia.
Uttarakhand’s Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat expressed grief of the demise of the senior leader.
"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," Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat tweeted.
उत्तराखंड श्री तिवारी जी के योगदान को कभी नहीं भुला पाएगा, नवोदित राज्य उत्तराखंड को आर्थिक और औद्योगिक विकास की रफ़्तार से अपने पैरों पर खड़ा करने में तिवारी जी ने अहम भूमिका निभाई।— त्रिवेंद्र सिंह रावत (@tsrawatbjp) October 18, 2018
President Ram Nath Kovind condoled ND Tiwari's demise and said that the former UP and Uttarakhand chief minister “contributed much to development and public welfare”.
Sad to hear of the passing of veteran political figure and former Union minister Shri N.D. Tiwari. As chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and later Uttarakhand, he contributed much to development and public welfare. My condolences to his family and associates #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) October 18, 2018
Expressing sorrow on the passing away of Tiwari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called him a “towering leader” who “was known for his administrative skills”.
Saddened by the passing away of Shri ND Tiwari Ji. A towering leader, he was known for his administrative skills. He will be remembered for his efforts towards industrial growth & working for the progress of UP & Uttarakhand, a state he steered in its initial days. My condolences— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 18, 2018
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu also condoled the demise of the leader.
वरिष्ठ नेता श्री नारायण दत्त तिवारी जी के निधन पर शोक व्यक्त करता हूं। अपने लंबे सार्वजनिक जीवन में तिवारी जी राज्यपाल, मुख्यमंत्री, एवम् केंन्द्रिय मंत्री के रूप में जनसेवा से संबद्ध रहे। #NDTiwari pic.twitter.com/RDUz4UjttJ— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) October 18, 2018
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also expressed sadness and said that Tiwari will always be remembered as an able administrator.
“I am saddened by the untimely demise of former UP and Uttarakhand Chief Minister ND Tiwari. I offer my deepest condolences to his family and pray that his soul rests in peace. He will always be remembered as an able administrator,” he said.
ND Tiwari is the only politician in India to have served as chief minister of two states, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. He was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh for three times before Uttarakhand was carved out of the state.
Tiwari joined the Congress party in 1963 and first became chief minister of UP in 1976. In 1984, he became the chief minister of UP for second time. Tiwari came back to power in UP for the third time in 1988.
In 2002, Tiwari became chief minister of Uttarakhand when Congress came to power in the first election held in the hill state which was carved out of Uttar Pradesh in 2000.
Tiwari also served as governor of Andhra Pradesh between 2007 and 2009 when he had to resign after a sting operation showed him in a compromising position at Raj Bhavan with three women. However, he had cited poor health as the reason for his resignation....