Narayan Dutt Tiwari, the grand old man of Uttarakhand politics, is back with a bang! हल्द्वानी मेडिकल कॉलेज में सुविधाओं के लिए बैठे मौन व्रत पर

Narayan Dutt Tiwari, the grand old man of Uttarakhand politics, is back with a bang! हल्द्वानी मेडिकल कॉलेज में सुविधाओं के लिए बैठे मौन व्रत पर

With ex-Uttarakhand Chief Minister and Congress stalwart Narayan Dutt Tiwari taking to protest mode to highlight plight of government medical college in Haldwani, his move is all set to heat up politics in the Hill state…


ill former Chief Minister and Congress veteran Narayan Dutt Tiwari was staying in Lucknow, politics in the Uttarakhand unit of his party was in a slumber. Last week he decided to return to the hill state to celebrate his 90th birthday which saw two Chief Ministers, Uttarakhand’s Harish Rawat and his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Akhilesh Yadav, reaching Haldwani to wish the former Uttarakhand and UP CM pink of his health.

Never did the Uttarakhand Congress and its Chief Minister had imagined that Mr. Tiwari would stay put in Haldwani to hold a “maun vrat” to protest against alleged mismanagement of the government medical college and hospital named after his late wife Sushila Tiwari. Mr. Tiwari is miffed with the successive governments for not being able to improve facilities in the medical college. Ironically, joining him in his protests are his “newly-wedded” wife Ujjwala and their “legal” son Rohit with whom he fought a long legal battle over his parentage.

This step of Mr. Tiwari to openly stage protest against the state government run by his own party has not only stirred up the Congress which has always been divided in various factions. Historically, Mr. Tiwari and Harish Rawat, both hailing from Kumaon region, have been at the loggerheads over the party’s leadership in the state. After the Congress lost the second elections in the state in 2007, Mr. Tiwari, the second CM of the state that was formed in 2000, decided to withdraw from active politics.

Though Mr. Tiwari is right in openly protesting against the gross mismanagement of the government medical college which he started almost two decades ago, his open protest will create ripples in the Congress party and make its leaders in Delhi worried as the state goes to polls in 2017.

Secondly, this move of the veteran Congressmen, who once even formed his national party after breaking from the parent, is also been seen as a step to give his son Rohit, who now a heads a state corporation in the Samajwadi Party-ruled Uttar Pradesh, a political foothold in Uttarakhand politics. Mr. Tiwari, who still holds strong influence in the Congress in the state which as evident as two ministers — his two protege Indira Hridayesh and Harish Durgapal — immediately reached the protest spot to mollify their leader, is desperate to make a strong bid for his son in next state polls, party sources said.

However, the Chief Minister was quick in responding to Mr. Tiwari’s protest as it might not auger well for his government and his party’s politics in the state. Hours after the former CM sat on “maun vrat” protest, Mr. Rawat tasked Uttarakhand’s Health Minister Harak Singh Rawat to address all issues raised by Mr. Tiwari on priority basis. Harish Rawat would also like to end Mr. Tiwari’s protest immediately else it will give more ammo to the opposition BJP for the forthcoming Assembly session that begins in Garsain on November 2.

Photo 01 dt. 28 October, 2015

Addressing a press conference in Dehradun in the evening, Uttarakhand Health Minister Harak Singh Rawat said the state government would soon change all old machinery and equipment in the hospital, while Rs.12 crore has been sanctioned for upgradation of the cardiology department. Similarly, the Centre has agreed to give Rs. 125 crore for setting up a trauma centre in the medical college. Similarly, steps are also been taken to fill all medical and non-medical vacancies in the medical college, he added.

ENDS PROTEST: As per latest information, Mr. Tiwari decided to end his protest after Chief Minister Harish Rawat spoke with him and assured him to initiate urgent measures to improve the overall condition of the Sushila Tiwari Hospital. Health Minister Harak Singh Rawat is also likely to meet the former Chief Minister soon to discuss the issue.

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