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Bihar JD(U) leader RCP Singh announced his resignation from the party on Saturday. (Image: Twitter/ANI)

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Patna: Former Union minister RCP Singh, who resigned from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) 12 years ago to join Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), on Saturday announced his resignation from his party, which he led for a year and a half. Half ago.

Singh made the announcement at a press conference at his ancestral village in Nalanda district, hours after a letter sent to him by the party leadership seeking clarification on corruption allegations was circulated in the media.

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“Though I have not received the letter yet, I cannot take it now,” claimed Singh, who is well aware of the text of the communication issued by JD(U) state president Umesh Singh Kushwaha, citing complaints from unnamed party workers that the bureaucrat-politician The man had accumulated a large amount of assets since 2013.

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“I have had a good career in IAS as well as politics. No one could lift a finger on my probity,” said a visibly upset Singh, who recently had to quit as a minister after the party denied him another term in the Rajya Sabha.

Asked if he intends to join the JD(U)’s ally BJP, Singh said he has not made up his mind yet.

Singh, however, scoffed at Kumar’s prime ministerial ambitions, saying, “Even if he is reincarnated seven times, he will not be (prime minister).”

The rejected patron used the occasion to vent some spleen against his mentor whom he alleged “did not even show me the courtesy of informing me in advance that I am not being considered for another term in the Rajya Sabha”.

“This talk of me serving two terms in a row does not stand because if there was a party policy, it should have been applicable to all. The current National President Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan has also served more than two terms in the Lok Sabha,” he noted.

Many leaders blamed the JD(U)’s poor showing in the 2020 assembly elections in which the party’s tally fell to 43 from 71 five years ago, Singh said, “I was the national general secretary (union) then. But what about the National President? After that this post was held by the Chief Minister himself. I took over when he stepped down.”

The former IAS officer, who earned the trust and respect of Kumar while on Union deputation as a Union minister, did not mince words to accuse his boss of complacency on which he blamed the JD(U)’s declining fortunes.

“Have you seen any other Chief Minister who wastes three hours every evening chatting with his family members over snacks? He (Nitish) was a different person during his first tenure from 2005-2010 for which he is still remembered and respected. We used to tell him to be PM material and it seems that it has gone to his head,” alleged Singh, who joined the JD(U) in 2010.

The former bureaucrat was careful not to name names, but he hinted abundantly that he suspected leaders like Upendra Kushwaha of a “conspiracy” against him.

“Jealousy has no remedy. Some people were upset with my inclusion in the Union Cabinet. He who had contested the previous assembly elections as the chief ministerial candidate of the non-starter alliance is now at the center of the JD(U). The party is over now. I am giving up my primary membership,” Singh said.

Interestingly, Kushwaha had tried to twist the knife earlier in the day by saying that the investigating agencies can take appropriate action on their own after taking cognizance of the allegations against Singh.

A former Union minister himself, Kushwaha re-entered the JD(U) last year by merging with the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, which was seen as an attempt by Kumar to strengthen his OBC base but left the then national president RCP Singh unhappy. .

“No case can be filed against my wife and my two daughters, who have been dragged into this case. I want to say that those living in glass houses should not throw stones at others,” Singh said.

Incidentally, one of Singh’s daughters, Lippi, is a Bihar cadre IPS officer and is currently posted as Superintendent of Police, Saharsa district.

Singh also mocked JD(U) leaders, including Lalan, who took exception to the slogan “Let RCP be our Chief Minister” by supporters.

“Has anyone said to remove the current one and make me the Chief Minister? What was it like to be so vulnerable?” he asked mockingly.

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