In a stunning TV exposé, Andhra Pradesh Governor, freedom fighter and Congress veteran N D Tiwari has been found in the middle of an alleged sleazy sex racket whose headquarters are the Raj Bhavan itself.
The 85-year-old with a glittering political career - he has been the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh thrice - has allegedly been abusing young women at the Raj Bhavan for several months, reports Telugu TV channel ABN in a highly judgemental exclusive, with what it claims is (pretty repulsive) visual proof. And in true MMS-scandal style, Tiwari allegedly filmed it all and threatened the girls with exposing the films.
There are a lot of unfilled gaps in the entire story (e. g. how can Tiwari blackmail them when he himself is in the films), which anyway goes like this.
Tiwari, from the channel's story, is allegedly a sex addict who needs nubile young women for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A close friend of Tiwari's from his UP CM days, a certain Radhika, allegedly approached him when he turned AP Governor, for mining licenses at Kadapa. Tiwari allegedly assured help, but his OSD Arvind Sharma asked for money.
Radhika paid up lakhs, but the licenses still did not happen, and Sharma, refusing to refund, asked her instead for women to work at the Raj Bhavan, in return for the licenses.
Radhika had girls transferred from the A P Bhavan in New Delhi, and upon a visit some time later, had the girls secretly visiting her in the night and crying over her shoulder about how they were being sexually exploited by the Governor, his OSD, and even several Congress MPs who were guests of the Governor.
Radhika apparently asked the girls to get out of there with the films immediately, which they did. However, the OSD Aravind Sharma started hounding her for the films, threatening to kill them if he did not get them.
A terrified Radhika eventually approached the media hoping exposure would save the lives of the girls and her own. The channel was showing (until the Governor's lawyer got an injunction from the A P High Court prohibiting the channel from airing the visuals anymore) several nauseating stills of - allegedly - the Governor receiving sexual favours from various girls, while maintaining that it is not airing worse stuff in its possession for fear of offending viewers' sensibilities.
Some questions that will soon get into focus are:
1. Why would the Governor's attorney ask for an injunction against showing the visuals if they were not authentic in the first place?
2. What was the lady Radhika thinking when she was asked to get girls transferred to the Raj Bhavan?
3. Why did the girls take it? Couldn't they have just walked out? There are no reports of use of force.
4. How did the girls manage to get the films out of the Raj Bhavan?
The state is meanwhile starting to get out of its holiday reverie and express outrage at it all. People are baying for the resignation of the Governor, and asking if the law will now treat the First Citizen of the state on par with the rest.
If the allegations are proven to be true (or even if the legal process takes the usual time), for the octagenarian Tiwari, this will be a blow that can neutralize a lifetime of accomplishments and respect. And while his powerful friends at New Delhi will perhaps do him a last favour and beg or bully the country into silence, he has to live with his own demons after this.
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