88-year-old Tiwari’s moment of ‘yuva josh’

Lucknow :  It is never too late in life to make amends. Veteran Congress leader and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Narayan Dutt Tiwari has married his long-time companion Ujjwala Sharma, a retired lecturer and the woman whose son he recently accepted as his own.

The wedding was held on Wednesday night at his official residence in the presence of family members from both sides.

Ujjwala is mother of Rohit Shekhar, whose biological relationship with the 88-year-old former Uttarakhand chief minister was a matter of dispute in the Delhi High Court until recently.

Both the bride and the groom were dressed in traditional wedding attire. Tiwari had spoken about the wedding to Ujjwala a few days back and later discussed with their ‘kul purohit’ (family priest). Finally the auspicious day of Budh Poornima was finalised for the occasion.

“I am happy that social sanctity has been given to this relationship,” Ujjwala said, looking happy after the wedding.

She said their son Rohit also wanted this to happen. Tiwari’s office on Thursday said the legal process, including registration of the marriage, would be completed after a formal announcement of the marriage. Tiwari’s first wife passed away years back.

Ujjwala was locked in a protracted legal battle with Tiwari over acceptance of Rohit as his son and the two sides settled the matter out of court after a DNA test ordered by the Delhi High Court proved that Rohit was Tiwari’s biological son.

Until recently, Ujjwala was not allowed to enter Tiwari’s house in Mall Avenue area. She had even lodged a complaint with Lucknow police against the security personnel and the officer on special duty at the Tiwari residence. Finally, the police intervened and Tiwari allowed her inside the house.

Agreeing to the “live-in” relationship, the two started living in the same house a week back.

The former union finance minister has also served as governor of Andhra Pradesh. In March last year, the senior Congress leader had denied having “any kind of relations with the youth’s mother” and claimed that the paternity suit was a “political conspiracy” by his opponents. “I was not having any kind of relations with Ujjwala Sharma, especially physical, emotional or even sexual,” Tiwari had told a commissioner appointed by the court.

This could be Tiwari’s moment of truth.

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