New Delhi [India], September 13 (ANI): Former Union Minister and ex-Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh passed away at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here on Sunday, where he was admitted and was being treated for post-COVID complications.
He was 74 years old. Former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav took to Twitter to post: “Dear Raghuvansh Babu! What did you do? I told you the day before yesterday, you are not going anywhere. But you went so far. I am speechless. I am sad. Will miss you very much.”
Kedar Yadav, a close aide of the departed leader said: “Raghuvansh Babu, the guardian of poor and close aide and friend of Lalu Prasad Yadav is no more. May God give peace to the departed soul and strength to the family. The whole RJD family is with them.”
Janata Dal-United (JDU) MP Lalan Singh also condoled the demise of Raghuvansh Prasad Singh
“Raghuvansh Babu was a socialist leader and a man of character. With is demise a true Bihari who always thought about the welfare of the state is lost. This is an irreplaceable loss,” said Lalan Singh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed his condolences at the demise of veteran leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh saying his demise has left a void in the political sphere of Bihar as well as that of country.
“Raghuvansh Prasad Singh is no more with us. I pay tributes to him. His demise has left a void in the political sphere of Bihar as well as the country,” the Prime Minister said describing him as connected to roots and one who understood poverty. The Prime Minister said Singh tried to live the ideology he grew up with. “When I used to work as BJP organisation worker, I knew him closely since then,” he said.
Recalling those days, the Prime Minister said: “In several TV debates, we used to exchange arguments. He was a Cabinet minister in UPA, I used to be in constant touch with him for developmental works as Chief Minister of Gujarat.”
The Prime Minister said he used to keep himself updated about Raghuvansh Prasad Singh’s health.
“He was in news for last 3-4 days. I used to keep myself updated about his health. I used to think that he will recover soon and will be back to serving Bihar,” he said.
Possibly in an indication towards the senior leader’s recent resignation from RJD, PM Modi said it was no longer possible for Singh to go with ideals with which he worked and the people with whom he worked.
“3-4 days ago, he had expressed his sentiments in a letter. But he was equally concerned about the development of his region. He had sent a list of developmental works to the Bihar Chief Minister. The concern of Bihar, its people is visible in that letter,” the Prime Minister added.
“I would request Nitish Jee that we try to fulfill the sentiments expressed by him in his last letter,” he said.
The President, Ram Nath Kovind, also made a statement. “The passing away of Raghuvansh Prasad Singh is tragic. An outstanding leader rooted to ground, Raghuvansh Babu was a true stalwart with phenomenal understanding of rural India. With his spartan and sagely lifestyle, he enriched public life. Condolences to his family & followers.” he said.
Ahead of the Bihar Assembly elections, Singh resigned from RJD on September 10.
The senior leader was admitted at AIIMS Delhi where he was undergoing treatment for some health complication. With a handwritten note, Singh conveyed the decision of his resignation to the RJD founder.
On September 11 he shot off a letter to Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar seeking the fulfilment of his three demands, which also included bringing ordinance regarding amendment of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) law. (ANI)