ND Tiwari turns up at BJP event, again

Eyebrows were raised as the 85-year-old former CM not only rubbed shoulders with the BJP leaders at the party function but also "praised" former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Last Updated: Feb 11, 2011, 19:29 PM IST

Dehradun: Sidelined Congress leader ND
Tiwari on Friday shared the dais with BJP chief Nitin Gadkari, in
yet another instance of his cosying up to the saffron party.

Eyebrows were raised as the 85-year-old former chief
minister not only rubbed shoulders with the BJP leaders at the
party function in Dehradun but also "praised" former Prime Minister
Atal Bihari Vajpayee terming him as an "old friend".

The event saw the formal launch of the "Atal
Foodgrains Scheme" by Gadkari here on the occasion of the
death anniversary of Bhartiya Jana Sangh ideologue Deendayal
Upadhyaya.

Tiwari, who was the only Congress leader to attend the
event, told reporters that the scheme launched on Friday is "going
to immensely benefit the poor and needy".

"I am confident that the Centre would extend all
possible help for the scheme", said Tiwari and hailed it as a
"model" project for other states.

This is not the first time that the veteran Congress
leader has left his party red faced. Tiwari had also
"complimented" BJP leaders on the occasion of New Year after
dropping at the party office on January 2.

However, senior BJP leaders had then downplayed
Tiwari`s visit to the party office.

Tiwari, who had to resign as Governor of Andhra
Pradesh in 2009 in the midst of a sex scandal and is facing a
paternity suit, keeps shuttling between Delhi and Dehradun.

PTI