LUCKNOW: Cutting across the party lines, political leaders paid their last respects to Congress veteran ND Tiwari here on Saturday. His mortal remains were brought to the state capital on Saturday morning through an air ambulance.
Tiwari, 93, breathed his last after a prolonged illness at Max Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi, at 2.50 pm on Thursday. He had suffered a heart attack, hours after he turned 93.
The dead body of the politicians was brought to Lucknow Saturday afternoon by an air ambulance where his mortal remains were received by UP CM Yogi Adityanath and his cabinet colleagues at Chaudhary Charan Singh International airport.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav with his party spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary was also present at the airport. ND Tiwari's body was kept at Vidhan Bhawan for his supporters and political leaders to pay their tributes. State Governor Ram Naik, CM Yogi Adityanath, Speaker Hriday Narain Dixit led the political leaders, cabinet ministers and his acquaintances in paying tributes to the departed soul.
The UP government had announced a state mourning on Saturday during which all the government offices and institutions remained closed and the tricolour flew at half mast.
Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma had flown to Delhi on Friday evening to bring the mortal remains of Tiwari to Lucknow. Tiwari was the only political leader to have served as CM of two states-UP and Uttarakhand.
Considered to be very close to former PM late Indira Gandhi, Tiwari had served as a Union minister in several Congress-led governments. He was the first Congress CM of hill state of Uttarakhand, also his home state. He served as UP CM thrice. He headed Congress's last government in Uttar Pradesh between June 1988 to December 1989. After his last tenure, the grand old party's support base has been dwindling and it now stands at seven MLAs in 403 seats UP assembly.
UP Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma in a tweet said, "Shri Tiwari had significantly worked for the development and prosperity of UP. He was soft-spoken, able administrator and also had knowledge of parliamentary traditions. "On Saturday evening his mortal remains were taken to Pantnagar in Uttarakhand for his supporters and admirers to pay their last respect. Cremation will be held on Sunday.