Bihar politician Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, who had recently quit Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal, has succumbed to post COVID19 complications at AIIMS on Sunday, September 13. He was detected of COVID infections in June and was shifted to Patna AIIMS but was later brought to Delhi as his health condition was deteriorating. He was 74 years old.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who this morning was speaking at the launch of petroleum projects in Bihar, began his speech by paying tribute to Mr. Singh. “Raghuvansh Prasad Singh is no more among us. His demise has left a void in the political sphere of Bihar as well as the country,” the Prime Minister said.
Raghuvansh Prasad Singh is believed to be the unsung architect of India’s biggest welfare program, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). The rural job guarantee scheme that came as its result has survived the change of regime at the Centre, attracted a record fund allocation of Rs 1 lakh crore this year, and emerged as a lifeline for millions of migrant workers in an economy battered by Covid-19.
On his final day of quitting RJD, the former Union minister had accused the party of promoting ‘nepotism’ and ‘feudalism’.
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।
नि:शब्द हूँ। दुःखी हूँ। बहुत याद आएँगे।
— Lalu Prasad Yadav (@laluprasadrjd) September 13, 2020
Condoling the death of the Political Supremo, Lalu Prasad tweeted, “I told you the day before yesterday, you are not going anywhere. But you went so far. I am very sad and I will miss you.”