Hari Shankar Tiwari

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Hari Shankar Tiwari is an India politician from Gorakhpur in Eastern Uttar Pradesh.[1][2]

Parliamentary politics[edit]

Tiwari was the first public figure in Indian political history to be elected to the legislature from prison. Elected from chillupar, he remained a member of the legislative assembly for 23 years continuously. He has been a cabinet minister at the State Assembly in several governments, including the Kalyan Singh (Bharatiya Janata Party) government (1997–1999).[3] He was also a minister in the Mulayam Singh Yadav (Samajwadi Party) government (2003–2007). He was cabinet minister from Chillupar, Barhalganj. He is regarded leader of the Brahmin community of Uttar Pradesh.

Family[edit]

Hari Shanker Tiwari has several relatives in senior positions in the Bahujan Samaj Party. His son Bhishma Shanker Tewari,[4] was Member of Parliament,[5] Sant Kabir Nagar seat west of Gorakhpur.[6]

Another son, Vinay Shanker Tiwari, stood from Gorakhpur but lost to Yogi Adityanath by a margin of 2,22,000 votes. He also lost a runoff election from Ballia in 2007 by 130,000 votes.[7]

Nephew Ganesh Shankar Pandey was a state legislator from Maharajganj.[8] In 2010 he won the MLC election for the fourth consecutive time, and is currently the speaker of the legislative council.[9] He was succeeded by Rajesh Tripathi.

Hari is also a distant cousin of Kamla Persad-Bissessar, the 7th Prime Minister from 26 May 2010 to 9 September 2015 of Trinidad and Tobago.

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