End of the road for Tiwari
Hyderabad | Saturday, Dec 26 2009 IST
Caught in the midst of a sex-on-tape controversy, Narayan Dutt Tiwari exited the post of Governor of Andhra Pradesh today which he had occupied since August 2007. It was a dishonourable end for the 84-year-old Congressman who has during the course of a long political career served as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
In the first election in Uttar Pradesh after the independence for the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly held in 1952, he was elected from Nanital constituency and became an MLA for the first time on Praja Samajwadi Party ticket. In 1957, he was elected from the Nainital legislative constituency, and became the leader of Opposition in the Assembly. Tiwari was born in Nainital on October 18, 1925. He was married to Dr Sushila Sanwal in the year 1954.
In 1963, he joined the Indian National Congress, and was elected MLA from the Kashipur, Uttarakhand constituency in 1965. In the same year he was appointed a minister in the Government of Uttar Pradesh. After that he also remained Minister for Finance and Parliamentary Affairs in the Chaudhary Charan Singh Government (1979-1980). In 1968, he established Jawaharlal Nehru National Youth Centre (JNNYC) is a voluntary Organisation. He remained the first President of Indian Youth Congress from 1969 to 1971.
Mr Tiwari was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh three times: from January 1976 to April 1977, from August 1984 to September 1985 and from June 1988 to December 1988. In his first stint as the UP Chief Minister, he came to national attention when he carried Sanjay Gandhi's chappals from the aircraft, when Sanjay Gandhi visited Agra. He did a lot of work in developing the road and bridge network of Uttar Pradesh.
He was elected to 7th Lok Sabha in 1980, and served as a Union Minister in several portfolios in the 1980s: starting with Planning, and also remained Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission. Thereafter he became a member of Rajya Sabha 1985-1988, during this period he also remained the Minister of Industries in September 1985 and in addition became minister of Petroleum in 1986. He then served as India's External Affairs Minister from October 1986 until July 1987, at that point he became Minister of Finance and Commerce.
He became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in June 1988 for the third time. During this period, there was a notorious episode when he disappeared for a length of time and it was later discovered that he had gone to a private company's guest house in Gajraula, UP to spend some quality time with a "friend", out of public gaze.
He later served as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, which was carved out of Uttar Pradesh, from 2002 through 2007. Mr Tiwari offered to resign on March 5, 2006, citing his age. He left office in March 2007 following setbacks for his party in the state elections.
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