Senior Congress leader Narayan Dutt Tiwari and his son Rohit Shekhar is all set to join Bhartiya Janata Party ahead of Uttarakhand polls.
Tiwari along with his son reached BJP headquarters in New Delhi on January 18 to meet party chief Amit Shah.
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.
The party has so far announced 64 candidates for Uttarakhand, which has 70 assembly seats.
ND Tiwari is a former chief minister of Uttarakhand. He was also chief minister of undivided Uttar Pradesh – before Uttarakhand was carved out of the state – thrice.
Tiwari had been the Governor of Andhra Pradesh for two years when he resigned in 2009 amid severe embarrassment for the Congress after allegations of a sex scandal.
Senior Congress leader Narayan Dutt Tiwari & his son Rohit Shekhar reaches BJP national president Amit Shah’s residence. pic.twitter.com/UQCFVQvEsn
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Uttarakhand will go to polls on February 15. The counting will be held on March 11.
Below is Uttarakhand’s election schedule:
Date of Notification: 20 January
Last date of nomination: 27 January
Scrutiny of nomination: 30 January
Withdrawal of candidature: 01 February
Voting: 15 February