New Delhi: Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Congress leader N D Tiwari passed away at the age of 93 on Thursday. The politician was admitted to Max Hospital in Saket on September 20 last year after suffering a brain stroke.
The 93-year-old leader had also served as governor of Andhra Pradesh and a Union minister.
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).