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Nitish Kumar’s estranged aide RCP Singh quits his party amid growing rift

Patna:

Former union minister RCP Singh in the present day stop the Janata Dal (United) after a sequence of snubs from the party boss, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who was sad ever since he took a spot in Narendra Modi’s cupboard final 12 months with out his consent. Mr Singh needed to go away that berth final month after the JDU denied him one other time period within the Rajya Sabha.

“There’s a conspiracy against me because I’d become union minister,” stated Mr Singh, a former IAS officer who was as soon as the nationwide president of JDU. “There’s no cure to jealousy,” he added. “Nitish Kumar will not become Prime Minister in any of his seven lives,” he stated, describing the JDU as a sinking ship. 

Mr Kumar has been against the BJP’s supply of “token representation” to allies on the Centre. But RCP Singh had apparently dealt straight with the BJP management, bypassing him. Relations between the 2 events, although companions in Bihar’s ruling alliance, have not been notably cordial currently.

Mr Singh made the announcement — that he is resigning from party membership — at his village in Nalanda, the place he is been tenting over the previous few days to strengthen his base.

In the most recent snub to him earlier this week, the JDU sought a reply from Mr Singh on properties he is acquired within the final 9 years. This got here days after movies emerged through which RCP Singh is current amid slogans that he’ll change into chief minister.

“They made a big deal about the slogans. What’s wrong with some people raising slogans? [Nitish Kumar] just cannot tolerate such a thing,” Mr Singh stated in the present day.  

He denied the party’s allegations that there are irregularities in his property offers. “These properties belong to my wife and other dependents, who have been paying due tax since 2010,” he stated. “I don’t kniw what the party wanted to investigate. I have nothing to hide.”

In June, he’d been evicted out of a spacious bungalow in Patna’s VIP zone. Since his resignation from PM Modi’s cupboard in July, he has been at his native village and touring close by areas.