Patna: Former state president of JDU,Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh(67) on Saturday replaced the union steel minister, R C P Singh as president of the national JDU. RCP proposed the name of Lallan Singh at the national executive committee of the JDU held in New Delhi.
RCP who was appointed president of the party six months earlier by Nitish Kumar, the then national president of JDU, offered to quit the party office under the one man, one post formula.
Appointment of Lalan Singh as head of the JDU is significant as he is the first leader from upper caste Bhumihar caste to become JDU chief.RCP Singh,a former principal secretary to the then chief minister,Nitish Kumar,is from Kurmi caste and from the same district of Nalanda.
Earlier,party was led by George Fernandes,Sharad Yadav and Nitish Kumar,all from non-upper castes
Lalan was upset for the last few weeks as he was denied a berth in the Union cabinet and RCP had taken oath ignoring the claim of Lalan Singh, member of Lok Sabha from Munger. He had been MLC, MLA and member of Rajya Sabha too. He was PWD and irrigation minister in Nitish Kumar led cabinet.
The then chief minister,Jeetan Ram Manjhi, had recommended his dismissal from the Cabinet to the Governor and this led to Nitish Kumar deciding to remove Manjhi as CM.
Lalan was instrumental in getting the fodder scam investigated by the CBI. He was one of the petitioners in Patna High Court demanding CBI probe against the then chief minister,Lalu Prasad,who was jailed later.