New Delhi, Jan 18: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday clarified that Narayan Dutt Tiwari did not join the party but his son Rohit Shekhar did, NDTV reported.
As Congress senior leader met BJP Chief Amit Shah, the rumours sparked of N.D. Tiwari joining the BJP.
After six years of legal battle to establish paternity, Tiwari acknowledged Shekhar as his son three years ago. Ahead of Uttrakhand elections, his presence at his son’s launch as a BJP man is seen as an attempt consolidate the Brahmin vote in Uttarakhand.
The BJP already faces rebellion in the hill state after naming people who joined the party only recently as candidates for the election, among them the Congress legislators who rebelled against current Chief Minister Harish Rawat of the Congress last year pushing him to seek a confidence vote.
The party has so far announced 64 candidates for Uttarakhand, which has 70 assembly seats.
Explaining the switch from the Congress, Rohit Shekhar said, “Have you in the last seven to eight years seen any Congress leader who’s had the decency to come and meet my father, to ask how he’s doing at least? Have you seen my father’s face on any political hoarding?”