C. K. Chandramohan
The 86-year-old veteran vows to continue in politics
DEHRA DUN: Former Andhra Pradesh Governor Narain Dutt Tiwari arrived here on Monday evening to a lukewarm welcome.
“It has become dangerous to even talk to any woman as that may invite wild allegations. What is needed is a change in the mind-set of the people who should rather devote energies towards development and prosperity,” Mr. Tiwari told this correspondent. To a question, Mr. Tiwari said he had not retired from politics.
“I have served the nation and am 86 now….it is rather shameful to cast such allegations at me,” he said.
Congress politics in Uttarakhand is likely to take several new twists now with Mr. Tiwari maintaining that he will “continue to serve the nation despite all odds”.
“I will emerge stronger with the love and affection of the masses and strive to contribute to the hill State’s progress,” he said. Several senior Congressmen said they felt that “Panditji” – as Mr. Tiwari is widely known in these parts -- would soon be cleared of all allegations and steer the State once again.
Mr. Tiwari said the allegations against him were “fabricated and false.”
Declining to name anyone, he said some people associated with the Telangana statehood agitation wanted to meet President Pratibha Patil during her proposed visit to Hyderabad, but he refused to entertain their request. This angered these people and they hatched a conspiracy against him, he claimed.
The Congress leader said he had no grudge against anybody and would continue to serve the country. “I am not going to retire from politics,” he said.