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 had led for a year. 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.
“Though I have not received the letter yet, I cannot take it now,” claimed Singh, who appeared to be well aware of the contents of the communication issued by JD(U) state president Umesh Singh Kushwaha, citing complaints from unnamed party workers that bureaucrats – The politician-turned-politician had amassed “huge assets” since 2013. “I have had a good career in IAS as well as in politics. No one could raise a finger on my abilities,” said a visibly upset Singh, who recently had to quit the ministry after being rejected by the party. His one more 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 supporter used the occasion to vent some spleen against his mentor whom he alleged “didn’t even show me the courtesy to inform me earlier that I was not being considered for another term in the Rajya Sabha”.
“This talk of me serving two consecutive terms does not hold 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 pointed out. Blamed by several leaders for 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? The post itself then. Chief Minister had. I took over after 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 wasted three hours every evening chatting with his cohorts over snacks? He (Nitish) was a different man during his first term in 2005-2010 for which he is still remembered and respected. He They used to tell him that he was the prime minister and it seemed to have gone to his head,” alleged Singh, who joined the JD(U) in 2010. While the former bureaucrat was careful not to name names, he gave ample hints. He suspected that leaders like Upendra Kushwaha were behind a “conspiracy” against him.
“Jealousy has no solution. Some people are angry at my inclusion in the Union Cabinet. Those who contested the last assembly polls as non-starter alliance’s chief ministerial candidate are now sitting at the center in the JD(U). The party is now over. I am giving up my primary membership. It is,” 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. . “My wife and my two daughters, who have been dragged into this case, cannot be prosecuted. 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 mocked JD(U) leaders, including Lalan, who took exception to chants of “RCP should be our chief minister” by supporters. “Did someone say that I should remove the current one and make me the Chief Minister? Why should I be so insecure?” he asked mockingly.
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