Kamlesh Tiwari was shot dead in his office Khurshidbagh area of Lucknow on 18th of October
Lucknow| On Saturday Hindu Samaj Party (HSP) unanimously vote for Kiran Tiwari to be the new party president after her husband was shot dead by two assailants inside his office on 18th October.
“Kiran Tiwari, who has been unanimously appointed as our leader, will take charge at the party’s Lucknow office today. She will later be presented before the media as HSP’s newly appointed national President,” said Rajesh Mani Tripathi, National General Secretary, HSP.
40-year-old Kiran Tiwari said she was confident of taking over responsibility of the Hindu outfit, which she claims has its presence in 18 states. She is expected to be formally declared as the party president at a presser later in the day.
Kiran takes over on a day when the Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by Yogi Adityanath government in coordination with the UP police and Gujarat ATS arrested three more accused in connection with Tiwari’s murder, taking the total number of arrests to 10.
Kiran, who has completed her studies till class 12, has said that she will soon convene a meeting of the Hindu outfit’s national executive to decide how to take the “movement” forward.
“Now that he (Kamlesh) has left us with this responsibility, I will discharge it fully. There is no question,” Kiran said. The fledgeling Hindu outfit Kiran is set to take over was little known until Kamlesh’s killing.
Kamlesh, 45, a graduate, had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha polls as an Independent candidate from Faizabad. However, Kiran said any decision on contesting the 2022 UP polls would be taken after consultation with other party leaders.
Apart from his controversial remark on Prophet Muhammad, due to which he was booked under the National Security Act (NSA) by the then Samajwadi Party government in 2015 and had several ‘fatwas’ issued against him by clerics, Kamlesh had hogged limelight again in 2018 when he had announced his decision to organise a ‘karseva’ (voluntary service for cause) for construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.