New Delhi: In a big jolt to Uttarakhand Congress unit, its veteran leader Naryan Dutt Tiwari along with his son Rohit Shekhar today joined Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of upcoming state assembly elections.
Former Utarakhand and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister met BJP’s national President Amit Shah along with his wife and son at his residence in New Delhi where he grabbed the membership of BJP.
According to reports, Senior Congress leader from Uttarakhand ND Tiwari was angry from Congress Party for not giving ticket to his Rohit which became the reason of joining Saffron party.
The veteran leader is a three-time chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, one-time CM of Uttarakhand and held several key portfolios in various Congress governments at the Centre.
His crossing over to the BJP will give the saffron party a boost in Kumaon region, a stronghold of chief minister Harish Rawat.
The 91-year old leader was thrice the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and once the chief minister of Uttarakhand, besides holding gubenatorial post and several key portfolios in various Congress governments at the Centre.
Sources from the BJP said, “Rohit may be fielded from Lalkuan or Haldwani assembly constituency. Tiwari will not contest the election.”
Tiwari was seeking ticket for his son from the Congress party, too, and had recently extended support to Akhilesh Yadav following the family feud in UP’s ruling Samajwadi Party.
He had an unceremonious exit from Raj Bhawan of Andhra Pradesh after a CD featuring showing him in compromising position with women was aired by a local TV channel.