Former Union minister and RJD stalwart Raghuvansh Prasad Singh dies at 74

Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 13

Veteran RJD chief Raghuvansh Prasad Singh who represented Vaishali parliamentary phase within the 15th Lok Sabha died on Sunday.

He breathed his final at AIIMS New Delhi some time in the past and had been on ventilator assist after testing optimistic for COVID-19 just a few days in the past.

Singh died round 11 am resulting from breathlessness and different issues, Kedar Yadav, who stays by the aspect of the septuagenarian, informed PTI over cellphone.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter, he mentioned.

Singh’s spouse had died earlier.

The physique of the 74-year-old chief shall be delivered to Patna for efficiency of the final rites, the aide mentioned.

Singh was a very long time affiliate of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and a former National Vice President of the RJD.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the dying and described Singh as somebody who understood poverty.

“At the beginning of the programme, I have sad news to share with you. The veteran leader of Bihar, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, is no longer with us. I bow to him,” Modi mentioned on the outset of the inauguration of three metro initiatives in Bihar.

Modi mentioned that Raghuvansh ‘Babu’s’ demise had created a void within the politics of Bihar and the nation. “A person associated with land, a person who understood poverty, spent his entire life in the struggle of Bihar,” the PM mentioned.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah mentioned SIngh’s dedication in the direction of the welfare of the poor and disadvantaged courses shall be remembered eternally.

“I’m deeply saddened by the dying of senior Bihar politician Raghuvansh Babu. His total life was dedicated to the concepts of Lohia ji and Karpoori Thakur ji. 

“His dedication to the welfare of the poor and deprived class will always be remembered. I express my condolences to his family. Om Shanti,” Shah mentioned in a tweet in Hindi. 

Of late Singh had fallen out with the RJD management and had written a resignation letter in his hand to Lalu Prasad who rejected it saying: “You are not going anywhere.”

Lalu Prasad was among the many first leaders to condole the passing of his good friend and tweeted “you will be greatly missed, my friend. What did you do?”

Singh is credited with energising UPA’s landmark flagship scheme MGNREGA as the agricultural growth minister, below the Congress-led dispensation headed by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

He additionally wrote a letter just lately to Bihar CM Nitish Kumar asking him to concentrate to Vaishali and in addition to prominently displayed in public locations the Vaishali relates verses of nationwide poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar.

The passing of Singh on the eve of Bihar elections is a physique blow to RJD’s morale with senior leaders lamenting the loss.–with Agencies

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