Veteran politician N D Tiwari died just after few hours he turned 93. He was not well for a long time and was also under supervision at Max Super Speciality Hospital following a brain stroke since September last year. He was declared biologically dead by doctors at 2.50 pm. due to cardiac arrest.
ND Tiwari for many years was on top in the list of prospective candidates for the prime ministerial position only if Congress party wants to choose someone beyond the Congress family. Tiwari was well equipped with all the qualities such as massive followers in the Hindi heartland, Brahmin roots, education, established leadership capability, and large acceptability. He was almost selected, but he was not lucky enough. In 1991 ND Tiwari lost the Lok Sabha election by only 800 votes, and after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi P V Narasimha Rao became the Prime Minister.
Nd Tiwari was selected as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh several times from January 1976 to April 1977, from August 1984 to September 1985 and from June 1988 to December 1988. He was selected for the Lok Sabha election 1980 and Rajya Sabha in 1985, and he was designated as a union minister and held a selection of portfolio. He was designated as a Chief Minister of Uttarakhand from the year 2002 to 2007 and from 2007 to 2009 he was the Governor of Andhra Pradesh.
Not being able to digest the fact that both of them had missed the prime ministership, Tiwari and Arjun Singh left the Congress and joined the All India Indira Congress (Tiwari) in 1995. Later on, they went back to the Congress led by Sonia Gandhi following the defeat of the party under Narasimha Rao in 1996. Tiwari won the Lok Sabha polls in 1996 and 1999.
Tiwari’s Younger brother Vidya Charan Shukla was the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting at the Centre. Former Prime minister Atal Bihari Bajpai happened to be a cousin of the Shukla brothers. Indira picked him up, as Tiwari’s name was discussed in the meeting. He was a versatile politician and has a clean record, although he was criticized for being a man of his words.