N D Tiwari leaves unwept, unsung
Parties seek action against former AP governor
As N D Tiwari made a humiliating exit as the governor of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday following the expose of his alleged sexual escapades, several political parties and women’s organisations have demanded strict action against him for his misdemeanours while holding public office.
Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu demanded an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the sex scandal considering that the girls involved in the scandal had named some ruling party MPs, too.
“This was the first time in the country that a governor had to resign after his alleged involvement in a sex scandal which has brought shame not just to the office he held but to the entire civilised society. It was the responsibility of the Centre to safeguard the constitutional propriety of the office of the governor and a CBI inquiry would be a fit way of doing it,” he said.
Lok Satta Party President Jayaprakash Narayan said the incident was an example of the extent of degeneration in public life in India. Women’s groups, who were at the forefront of protests against Tiwari, demanded that the police book a criminal case against him. The All India Democratic Women’s Association demanded that Tiwari be arrested and tried.
V Sandhya, president of the Progressive Organisation of Women, who led the protests for two days, said norms of public behaviour were thrown to winds once men assumed the office of power.
“Exploiting and abusing women seems to be part of the status of those who occupy such positions,” she said. “It seems to be very normal for men, once they come to power, to have as many women as possible in their lives. It seems to be a status symbol along with flaunting public-funded luxurious lifestyle,” she said.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister K Rosaiah and chief secretary Ravikanth Reddy formally gave a send off to Tiwari on Sunday evening.