Latest induction to BJP: Congress veteran ND Tiwari along with his son
Tiwari's import into the BJP is seen as an attempt to consolidate the Brahmin vote in Uttarakhand
In the latest addition to BJP, Congress veteran Narayan Dutt Tiwari has joined the leading party at party chief Amit Shah's residence in Delhi. The 91-year-old Tiwari joined the party along with his son Rohit Shekhar, who he accepted as his son three years back after 6 years of the court battle.
Tiwari, earlier chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand, a union minister, and a governor of Andhra Pradesh had cut short his stint by resigning after a sex scandal broke out.
Tiwari's induction into the BJP is seen as an attempt to consolidate the Brahmin vote in Uttarakhand, where elections will be held next month. According to the report of Nav Bharat Times, Tiwari wanted to establish his son in politics but failed to secure election ticket for his son Rohit from Samajwadi Party.
Delhi: Narayan Dutt Tiwari and his son Rohit Shekhar have joined BJP in the presence of party President Amit Shah pic.twitter.com/2kzIezFRs7
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Reportedly, Tiwari was seeking a ticket for Rohit from a seat in Uttarakhand. BJP has so far announced 64 candidates for Uttarakhand, which has 70 assembly seats and is already facing rebellion.
A political heavyweight once, Tiwari was even considered a potential candidate to be Prime Minister in the early 1990s.