Former Union minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, whose recent resignation from the RJD founded and headed by Lalu Prasad left political waters in Bihar a stir, passed away on Sunday, a day after he fell critically ill and was put on a ventilator.
Singh, who was admitted at AIIMS, Delhi, for about a week after developing post-COVID-19 complications, 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.
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.
A cabinet colleague of Prasad in the Manmohan Singh government, Singh thereby stymied Rama Singh’s entry into the party and although he did not give up the primary membership at that time, he stayed away from the RJDs day to day affairs which was attributed, in part, to his ill-health. On Thursday, his hand-written note addressed to Prasad declaring that he has had enough went viral on the social media.
On the same day, the RJD supremo sent a letter to Singh from Ranchi, making an emotional appeal to his companion for over three decades not to leave the party. On Friday, Singh wrote another letter from the hospital, this time addressed to Nitish Kumar, which was seen as his attempt to cozy up to the chief minister, who heads the JD(U) and has been a fierce rival of the RJD supremo for decades.
Often called the architect of the MNREGA scheme, which was floated when he was the Union minister for rural development, Singh had been in the political wilderness for some time, having lost two consecutive elections in 2014 and 2019 from Vaishali which he had 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.
Sushil Modi resigned from the membership of Bihar Legislative Council
PATNA: Former Deputy CM and proficient BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi resigned from the membership of Bihar Legislative Council on Thursday. According to the information, he has resigned from the membership of the Bihar Legislative Council due to being elected as a member of the Upper House. Sushil Kumar Modi himself has given this information by tweeting today. He is said to have resigned as the Chairman of Bihar Legislative Council.
12 दिसम्बर, 2020 को अपराह्न 04 बजे संसद भवन के ग्राउंड फ्लोर स्थित राज्यसभा चैम्बर में मैं राज्यसभा सदस्य के तौर पर शपथ लूंगा। भारत के उपराष्ट्रपति सह राज्यसभा के सभापति श्री वैंकेया नायडु शपथ दिलाएंगे। शशपथग्रहण के लिए मैं शुक्रवार (11.12.2020)को दिल्ली प्रस्थान करूँगा।
— Sushil Kumar Modi (@SushilModi) December 10, 2020
In another tweet, Mr. Modi said that he will be sworn in as a Rajya Sabha member in the Rajya Sabha chamber at Parliament House on the 12th of December 2020. He said that he will leave for the oath-taking place (Friday) 11th December 2020. The swearing ceremony will be held in the Rajya Sabha Chamber on the ground floor of the Parliament House at 4 pm on 12 December afternoon. The Vice-President of India, Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu will swear in BJP leader Sushil Modi as a Rajya Sabha member.
Former Bihar Deputy CM and BJP leader Sushil Modi was elected unanimously in the Rajya Sabha by-election on 7 December. Where he received a certificate after being elected as a Rajya Sabha MP in presence of Nitish Kumar, the Chief Minister of Bihar.
Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi Detained on Way to Hathras
Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi were detained for violating a ban on large gatherings. Rahul was pushed and fell to the ground in a tussle with the Uttar Pradesh police after he, his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and scores of party workers were stopped from marching on the Delhi-Noida highway on their way to Hathras to meet the family of the gang rape victim who died on Tuesday.
I will go alone then. I will walk alone from here to Hathras,” Rahul Gandhi told the police.
Visuals showed the Congress MP being pushed and shoved as he tried to resist the police. In the clash, the 50-year-old was seen falling to the ground. Other Congress leaders helped him up.
Priyanka Gandhi alleged that she was also pushed and there were attempts to throw her to the ground.
“Why are you arresting me? What are the grounds for the arrest? What law am I violating,” Rahul Gandhi said in a heated exchange with policemen, who said that they were charging him with “Section 188” – a law on defying official orders.
Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were travelling to Hathras in a convoy when their vehicles were stopped in Noida near Delhi, at a point around 142 km from their destination.
They both got off their car and started marching with Congress workers. Soon, a large contingent of UP policemen blocked their way and tried to push them back.
Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said: “The Gandhis are preparing to march alone. What is Ajay Singh Bisht, alias Yogi Adityanath (Chief Minister) afraid of?”
Ahead of the Congress leaders’ planned visit, the UP administration this morning enforced a ban on large gatherings and put up barricades at the borders citing the coronavirus. Roads to Hathras were also blocked.
Other political parties condemned the incident and came out in support of the Gandhis.
“Reckless behavior of UP police towards Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is extremely condemnable. It is reprehensible for those who are supposed to uphold the law to trample upon democratic values in such a manner,” tweeted NCP leader Sharad Pawar.
Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia tests positive for COVID-19
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Monday said that he tested positive for coronavirus. The deputy CM had developed a mild fever last night after which he conducted a COVID-19 test on Monday. He has gone in self-isolation after the test results came positive.
“Right now there is no fever or any other complication. I am completely fine. Hopefully, I will soon return to work thanks to all your good wishes and blessings,” Sisodia tweeted.