Tiwari’s Death Enlivens BJP

October 23 2018

Politicking over the demise of the legendary Congress leader ND Tiwari has kicked off, with the saffron brigade determined to use him as a potent card. Tiwari had been a stalwart Brahman leader and ruled over both UP and Uttarakhand. With the Uttarakhand civic polls in the offing, the BJP will not hesitate to play the Tiwari card, with an eye to charm the upper castes in the state that are upset with the BJP. And the Congress seems to have left the goalpost open for BJP to kick in. Though Sonia Gandhi and former PM Manmohan Singh did visit Tiwari’s home to pay their final tributes, the state Congress leaders have shown little interest for that. The BJP lapped up the chance, and in UP, CM Yogi and Trivendra Singh Rawat of Uttarakhand made a big show of taking his earthly body to Lucknow and Dehradun. Asked about this, the convener of the Nehru Yuva Kendra simply quipped: since Tiwari had been the CM of both the states, their respective sitting CMs are doing the honours. The poor convener had surely forgotten the fact that Tiwari had been the Youth Congress president in 1969.

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