New Delhi: Just two days after he sent a hand-written note to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav notifying him of his decision to resign from the party after being in it for over three decades, senior party leader and former state minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh passed away at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) following complications arising from Coronavirus.
Singh, a lifelong fixture of the RJD, died on Sunday morning at the AIIMS. He was 74.
Yadav, who had summarily rejected Singh’s resignation asking him to get well first and then talk about his future with the RJD, reacted in disbelief saying “Dear Raghuvansh Babu, what have you done?”
As reported, Singh was tested positive for Coronavirus in June. He was confined to the AIIMS, Patna, but was later given a clean bill of health after two weeks. However, his condition deteriorated and he was flown to Delhi where he was admitted in the AIIMS.
From his ICU room, Singh sent his resignation letter to Lalu Prasad Yadav last Friday. Since then, his condition further worsened and he was put on ventilator. He breathed his last on Sunday morning.
Tributes began to pour in including from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who said Singh’s death left a huge void in the Indian political landscape.
“We should try our best to fulfill the spirit that Raghuvansh Prasad expressed in his last letter,” he said.
Others who expressed their shock and grief over the death of the veteran RJD leader included President Ram Nath Kovind who previously served as Bihar governor and had many opportunities to meet with Singh in Patna; Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, and Congress leader Sachin Pilot.