RCP Singh resigns from JDU after party seeks reply on corruption allegations

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Former Bihar minister RCP Singh resigned from the Janata Dal (United) after the party sent notice over corruption allegations.

File photo of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar (left) and former Union minister RCP Singh.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Former Union minister RCP Singh resigned from JDU on Saturday
  • Earlier, JDU sent a notice to RCP Singh seeking reply on corruption allegations
  • RCP Singh was asked to file his reply at the earliest

Former Union minister RCP Singh resigned from the Janata Dal (United) after the party sent a notice over corruption allegations.

Janata Dal (United) on Saturday issued a showcause notice to RCP Singh over ‘discrepancies in immovable properties’ and he was asked to file his reply at the earliest.

“A complaint has been received with evidence from two associates of Nalanda District Janata Dal (U), in which it was mentioned that discrepancies in immovable properties registered from 2013-2022 in his name (RCP Singh) and that of his family were noticed,” the showcase notice read.

The letter hailed Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, saying he has been working on a ‘zero tolerance policy for corruption.’

“As directed, the party expects you to immediately submit a reply about your clear opinion point by point on the points of complaint,” the letter concluded.

WHO IS RCP SINGH?

A former Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS officer, RCP Singh had won Nitish Kumar’s trust while on central deputation in the late 1990s when his political mentor was a union minister. Singh had taken VRS in 2010 to join politics.

RCP Singh had served as the principal secretary to Nitish Kumar during his first five years as chief minister. Last year, Nitish Kumar chose to step down as the party’s national president and RCP Singh seemed to be on a roll, replacing his patron and clinching a cabinet berth at the Centre shortly afterwards.

However, it turned out that RCP Singh accepted the ministerial post without the consent of Nitish Kumar who was opposed to BJP’s policy of “token representation” to allies.

The Bihar chief minister’s unhappiness became evident soon as RCP Singh was asked to give up the party chief’s post. The denial of another Rajya Sabha term caused him to lose his cabinet berth and many party leaders perceived to be close to him were booted out.

(With inputs from PTI)

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