Patna, September 13
Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, the veteran socialist chief, who introduced his determination to stop the RJD from his hospital mattress simply 4 days earlier than his loss of life, was an inimitable mix of rustic aggression and studying, qualities that helped him carve a distinct segment for himself in Bihar politics.
For years he lived underneath the shadow of his alter ego, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, whereas they collectively negotiated the uneven waters of state and nationwide politics, however was not fairly overshadowed by his chief.
An astute lawmaker, Singh would fish out ‘Practice and Procedure of Parliament written by M N Kaul and S L Shakdher every time a tough state of affairs arose, nearly instinctively open the related web page that may have the reply to finish a logjam, and start studying out in his quirky Hinglish that many discovered hilarious.
No quantity of interruption by fellow parliamentarians would deter him from finishing what he had got down to say.
Behind the tough and prepared visage lay the analytical thoughts of a arithmetic professor who all the time had his chief’s ears.
Singh, nevertheless, died a disillusioned man and put in his papers from his hospital mattress at AIIMS, New Delhi, on Thursday.
“Since the death of Jannayak Karpoori Thakur, I stood behind you for 32 years, but not now,” he stated in his transient one-line resignation letter to Prasad, who’s serving sentences in 4 fodder rip-off circumstances in Ranchi.
In the footnote, the as soon as staunch Prasad loyalist, added,” I acquired the love of occasion leaders and employees, apart from frequent individuals. Please forgive me.”
Thakur was a outstanding socialist chief and former state chief minister.
Hours later, Prasad wrote again from jail in full disbelief.
“I don’t believe….a letter purportedly written by you is on social media. I, my family, and the RJD family that have nursed the party want you to get well soon and be amongst us,” Prasad wrote again.
“For four decades, we have together discussed political, social and even family matters. You get well soon and we will discuss again. You are not going anywhere, you understand,” Prasad wrote in a handwritten letter that had the stamp of the jail authority.
Prasad apparently rejected his resignation, however no dialogue might happen between them, and Singh certainly left eternally.
The similar day he additionally wrote to Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar in regards to the tasks in his constituency Vaishali, the primary republic on this planet, which he represented 5 sucessive occasions until 2014, when he was defeated by LJP’s Rama Singh. He once more misplaced in 2019.
In a shifting tribute to the departed chief, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who obtained the information of his loss of life when he was inaugurating a string of petroleum sector schemes for Bihar, referred to as him a grassroots chief with deep understanding of poverty and issues of the poor.
“I will request Nitish Kumar to execute the development projects he wrote about in the letter. Let’s together—the state and the Centre—fulfil his wishes,” Modi stated, whereas referring to Singh’s letter to the chief minister.
Singh reduce his tooth in politics in Samyukta Socialist Party, earlier than he turned a member of the Bihar meeting in 1977.
He represented Belsand meeting seat a number of occasions and was additionally the chairman of the Bihar Legislative Council earlier than making his Lok Sabha debut in 1996.
It was underneath his stewardship of the Union Rural Development Ministry that NREGA, the flagship rural livelihood scheme was carried out.
Notwithstanding his political successes, he saved himself away from the trimmings of energy.
He would like to have a chat together with his constituents reclining on a charpoy sipping tea, and announcing ticket as ‘tikas’, like an obscure, unlettered villager from Bihar.
Not that he didn’t know. He identical to it that method. PTI