The Rashtriya Janata Dal on Monday forged doubts over letters written by its founding member Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, from his hospital mattress, barely a few days earlier than respiration his final, drawing offended reactions from the ruling NDA in Bihar.
Raghuvansh Singh, who died at AIIMS, New Delhi on Sunday, had on Thursday introduced his resignation from the occasion vide a hand-written addressed to jailed RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and adopted it up with a sequence of communications, the following day, drawing the eye of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in direction of numerous points.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi whereas paying wealthy tributes to the departed chief Sunday had additionally referred to Raghuvansh Singh’s letter to the Bihar Chief Minister the place he raised the problem of improvement of his erstwhile Lok Sabha seat Vaishali.
“I’ll request Nitish Kumar to execute the event initiatives he wrote about within the letter. Let’s together–the state and the Centre–fulfil his needs,” PM Modi mentioned.
Mr Kumar, who’s Mr Prasads arch rival and heads the Janata Dal (United), had on Sunday night time advised reporters on the meeting premises, the place Raghuvansh Singh’s physique had been introduced on method to his native village for cremation, “we’ve began performing on the requests of late Raghuvansh babu.
“Some points raised by him fall within the ambit of the Centre and we’ve referred these to the Union authorities for acceptable motion”.
Amongst different issues, Raghuvansh Singh had sought extension of MGNREGA advantages to the farm sector.
He had additionally expressed the want that a large begging bowl believed to have been utilized by the Buddha, which is at current stored at a museum in restive Kabul, be introduced again from the Afghanistan capital and stored at Vaishali district, to which the late chief belonged and which is among the many spots recognized as a part of the “Buddha Circuit”.
A screenshot of Nitish Kumars written reply to Raghuvansh Singh, penned whereas the latter was nonetheless alive, was additionally shared on the official twitter deal with of the chief ministers Workplace.
Raghuvansh Singh’s letter to him had shocked Mr Prasad, who wrote again the identical day saying, “I do not consider….a letter purportedly written by you is on social media. I, my household, and the RJD household which have nursed the occasion need you to get effectively quickly and be amongst us. You aren’t going anyplace”.
After listening to about demise of his long-time companion, the RJD chief had tweeted Sunday, “I had advised you solely the day earlier than yesterday that you’re not going anyplace. However you’ve gone so far-off. I’m speechless, I’m unhappy. You’ll at all times be in my reminiscence.”
RJD MLA Bhai Virendra and MLC Subodh Rai smelt a rat and asserted “no particular person, admitted to a hospitals Intensive Care Unit, can write a letter”.
Raghuvansh Singh had been admitted to the ICU of AIIMS a couple of week in the past for therapy of issues he had developed after recovering from COVID-19. He was placed on ventilator late Friday and died lower than 48 hours later.
Mr Rai, who claimed to have met Raghuvansh Singh in Patna after his restoration from coronavirus, mentioned “he was clearly upset over many issues which he had expressed freely. However he by no means betrayed any intention of quitting the occasion he had nurtured. The state authorities is doing politics within the matter”.
Notably, Raghuvansh Singh had, whereas present process therapy for COVID-19, introduced his resignation from the publish of nationwide vice-president, miffed over reviews of a mafia don-turned politician Rama Singh, by whom he was defeated in Vaishali within the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, becoming a member of the RJD.
Bhai Virendra identified that the letters written to Nitish Kumar had been “too many in quantity and shared on the social media at too quick intervals” and claimed the entire episode pointed in direction of “a conspiracy by the NDA”.
The RJD leaders discovered assist from senior Congress chief Akhilesh Prasad Singh, who had previously been with Lalu Prasads occasion.
“I had met Raghuvansh babu only one week again. He was a clear man and had he actually been considering of quitting his occasion, he wouldn’t have tried to cover it. There may be some conspiracy at some stage”, the Congress chief mentioned.
Speculations are rife that the previous Union minister, who remained loyal to Lalu Prasad for greater than three many years, was made to vary his thoughts by his elder son Satya Prakash Singh who is alleged to have given up his company job with the intent to make the political plunge.
The JD(U) is alleged to have been mooting a legislative council berth for the veteran RJD leaders son since earlier than his demise.
Nevertheless, the NDA expressed outrage over the insinuations by the RJD leaders.
“They appear to have no disgrace. They by no means cared about his well-being whereas he was battling for all times. Singh was happy with his roots in Vaishali, the seat of the primary republic on the planet and he raised a problem referring to it.”
“The RJD is speaking garbage. Even Lalu didn’t present the temerity to query Raghuvansh Singhs acts”, Neeraj Kumar, senior JD(U) chief and state minister for Data and Public Relations Division, fumed.
State BJP spokesman Nikhil Anand mentioned “Singh had been plagued by the pettiness of the RJDs new era of leaders. Who can neglect Tej Pratap Yadavs denigrating remarks. Accursed by its founding member, the occasion is now on the verge of extinction”.
Mr Yadav, the mercurial elder son of the RJD supremo, had reacted to Raghuvansh Singh’s exodus by saying “a lota (pot) of water makes no distinction to an ocean”.