Purvey Elected RJD State Chief for the Fourth Time; Others Fume

Lalu Prasad Yadav giving certificate of election to the party's state president's post to Ramchandra Purvey on Monday.

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Patna: In what was described only a month ago as a 'rigged election from the get go' by none other than senior party leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), for the fourth time, unanimously elected Ramchandra Purvey as the party state President.

Since there were no other candidates in the race, Singh's election was a bygone conclusion as party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav handed over the certificate of his 'election' to him while other party leaders offered their congratulations to Purvey who has proven himself to be one of the most loyal supporters of the Lalu-Rabri clan.

With Yadav barred by the court from ever contesting elections due to his conviction in the multi-crore rupees fodder scam case, the party is gearing up for the eventual coronation of Yadav's younger son and former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Tejaswi Yadav as the heir to the RJD dynasty and Purvey wasted no time in acknowledging this fact.

"The RJD, along with its allies, will contest at all 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state under the dynamic leadership of Tejaswi Yadav who will also be the next Chief Minister of Bihar," the party state President declared in no uncertain terms.

Incidentally, except for the first time in 2010 when another senior party leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui had put up some resistance against Purvey only eventually to accept the role of the leader of the opposition in Bihar Assembly, he was elected unopposed in the next three elections in 2013, 2016, and now in 2017.

Meanwhile, sources in the party said several of the senior party leaders, including Siddiqui and Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, were not pleased with the way the party chief was conducting the business.

"The way Lalu Prasad Yadav is promoting his two sons is shameful. This is clearly a dynastic party where democratic principle have no meaning anymore," said an RJD leader and a supporter of Singh.

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