Veteran Congress leader and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Narayan Datt Tiwari passed away on Thursday at the age of 93.
Tiwari, who was undergoing treatment at Max Super Speciality Hospital in Saket, breathed his last at 2.50 pm after he suffered a heart attack on the day of his birthday. The three-time Uttar Pradesh chief minister had been hospitalised since September, 2017 after suffering a brain stroke and a paralytic attack.
In July, his son Rohit had described his condition as "extremely serious". He had further mentioned that his father was put on dialysis "due to kidney failure" and was suffering from acute bacterial infection in the stomach. Home minister Rajnath Singh visited Tiwari at the hospital the same month.
Tiwari is the only politician to have served as the chief minister of two states " Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Tiwari, who was considered close to Indira Gandhi, had served as a Union minister in several Congress-led governments.
After Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, Tiwari lost the bid to become the prime minister to PV Narasimha Rao when he was defeated in Nainital seat in the 1991 Lok Sabha elections.
He formed Congress (T), the breakaway faction of the Congress, along with veteran Congress leader Arjun Singh in 1995 during the tenure of Rao. However, he later merged his party with the Congress when Sonia Gandhi took charge of the party.
During his political career, Tiwari was linked to a few controversies. In 2009, at the age of 86, he resigned as the governor of Andhra Pradesh after his name surfaced in a sex scandal.
When he was 88, he married 65-year-old Ujjwala Sharma, the mother of his biological son Rohit. The wedding took place months after the Delhi High Court ruled that DNA tests revealed that he was Rohit's father.
Following the news of Tiwari's demise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leaders of various parties expressed grief over his demise.
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
I'm sorry to hear about the passing of Shri N D Tiwari ji an important and illustrious member of the Congress family, who was respected and admired across party lines. My condolences to his family in their time of grief.
" Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 18, 2018
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: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath pic.twitter.com/YjLhpnlSDK " ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) October 18, 2018
Saddened to know about the demise of senior Congress leader Shri #NDTiwari. He was one of the footsoldiers of the party who served it for the maximum no of years. May his soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/wYwZ4Q76ku
" Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) October 18, 2018
A three-day state mourning till 20 October has been declared in Uttarakhand in the honour of the departed leader.
With inputs from PTI