Singh, a Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) veteran, was admitted at AIIMS about a week ago after developing post-Covid complications.
प्रिय रघुवंश बाबू! ये आपने क्या किया?मैनें परसों ही आपसे कहा था आप कहीं नहीं जा रहे है। लेकिन आप इतनी दूर चले गए।… https://t.co/WVU3k9SToR
— Lalu Prasad Yadav (@laluprasadrjd) 1599979561000
रघुवंश बाबू के निधन की ख़बर से स्तब्ध हूँ। अत्यंत दुखद समाचार। कई दशकों से कई संघर्षों में हम सब साथ रहे। आज के समय… https://t.co/kWXlDCX96X
— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) 1599979259000
हमारा सिरमौर हमारे बीच नहीं रहा 😭।पूर्व केन्द्रीय मंत्री व @RJDforIndia के वरिष्ठ नेतृत्वकर्ता आदरणीय रघुवंश प्र… https://t.co/zeBiQKA93i
— Tej Pratap Yadav (@TejYadav14) 1599980283000
Singh’s recent resignation from the RJD had left political waters in Bihar astir. He had resigned from the primary membership of the party on Thursday and followed it up with an open letter, a day later, addressed to Prasad’s arch-rival and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, triggering speculations about his future moves.
Singh’s hand-written resignation letter from the RJD had gone viral on social media
A staunch loyalist of the RJD supremo whom he supported in thick and thin, Singh ran afoul with the party a few months ago when murmurs about mafia don turned politician Rama Singh, his rival in Vaishali Lok Sabha constituency, led him to resign from the post of the national vice-president.
Often called the architect of the MNREGA scheme, which was floated when he was the Union minister for rural development, Singh has been in political wilderness for some time, having lost two consecutive elections in 2014 and 2019 from Vaishali which he has represented in the Lok Sabha a record five times.
His relations with Tejashwi Yadav, younger son and heir apparent of Lalu Prasad, turned sour when he started pitching for Nitish Kumar back to the Grand Alliance helmed by the RJD, after the party received its worst-ever drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls last year.