Shivanand Tiwari Comes out of Political Retirement; Back in RJD

Shivanand Tiwari (file photo) back in RJD.

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Patna: The man who in 2014 had declared that he had just about had it with politics and was taking 'lifelong sanyas' from it, came out of his self-imposed retirement on Sunday when former MP Shivanand Tiwari returned to the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) fold after party President Lalu Prasad Yadav named him as the RJD's new national Vice President.

Despite his so-called retirement from politics, Tiwari had done everything to remain in news by first trying to win back the support of the Janata Dal – U leader and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and then later, when Kumar refused to make room for him in the party, his unabashed support for his former boss and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.

Tiwari had been particularly vocal since Kumar walked out of the Grand Alliance only to go back to the NDA.

Calling Kumar turncoat on a number of occasions, Tiwari succeeded in establishing his anti-Nitish credentials that brought favorable results on Sunday when Yadav, once again switching his position from 'Nitish is my chhota bhai' to 'Nitish is a traitor', made him the national Vice President of the RJD.

Tiwari was shown the door from the JD-U in 2014 just before the state elections after Nitish Kumar suspended him for six years for indulging in anti-party activities. At that time, Tiwari had said that he was going to retire from active politics for life.

He first became a legislator in 1997 on Samata Party ticket, an earlier incarnation of the current JD-U, only later to join Lalu's party. He became a minister in the former Rabri administration only to leave the party later to join the JD-U. He was rewarded by Nitish Kumar with a membership to the Rajya Sabha and a national spokesperson for the party until he was kicked out of the JD-U again just days prior to the 2014 Assembly polls in Bihar.

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