“I stood behind you for 32 years, but not now”, major blow for RJD as Raghuvansh Prasad quits

In a blow to the RJD ahead of the Bihar polls, senior party leader and former Union minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, a close friend of Lalu Prasad, quit the party on Thursday.

Singh, who was upset with the way the party affairs were being handled in Prasad’s absence, wrote a letter to the imprisoned RJD supremo from AIIMS in Delhi where he is admitted.

“Since the death of Jannayak Karpoori Thakur, I stood behind you for 32 years, but not now,” he wrote in his brief one-line resignation letter to Prasad, who is serving his term in jail in four fodder scam cases in Ranchi. He added,” I got the affection of party leaders and workers, besides common people. Please forgive me.”

Singh, admitted to AIIMS, New Delhi, because of post-COVID difficulties, had earlier announced his resignation in June but was moved by Prasad to stay back.

The senior party leader, a prominent Rajput face in the party who had piloted the Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Scheme, had been miffed over being sidelined in the party’s organisational set-up and being denied a Rajya Sabha seat for some time.