Former Union Minister, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh dies at 74, two days after he quit RJD

Raghuvansh Prasad Singh

Raghuvansh Prasad Singh’s condition deteriorated rapidly over the past two days and he was placed on a ventilator. He died at around 11 AM after complaining of breathlessness, according to news agency PTI.

Former Union minister and veteran socialist leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh (74), who played a pioneering role in the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) during the UPA government, breathed his last at AIIMS-Delhi on Sunday.

Expressing sympathy on the death of Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, RJD 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.”

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, being inducted into RJD led him to resign from the post of the national vice-president.

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.

The Prime Minister also told Chief Minister Nitish Kumar “we should try our best to fulfill the spirit that Raghuvansh Prasad has expressed in his last letter”.

“I would urge Nitishji that you and we (the BJP) should try our best to fulfill the spirit that Raghuvansh Prasad has expressed in his last letter. Raghuvanshji had… sent a list of his development works to the Chief Minister of Bihar. (Concern for) the people of Bihar (and) concern for the development of Bihar appears in that letter”, PM Modi said.

Mr. Raghuvansh Prasad Singh tested positive for COVID-19 in June, after which he was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Patna. He was re-admitted to AIIMS in Delhi, where he was being treated for post-COVID complications.