Shivanand Tiwari Takes Retirement from Politics; Again!

RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari (file photo).

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Patna: After serving as a loyal lackey of Lalu Prasad Yadav and his party Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) for nearly three decades, senior party leader Shivanand Tiwari on Tuesday announced his retirement from politics stating personal reasons for his decision to quit.

Tiwari, the RJD national vice president, through a Facebook post, said he was tired mentally more than physically and was retiring from politics to write his memoir that he had been planning to write for a very long time.

"…I want to take a break from what I have been doing. I will try to write my memoir though I am not sure if I'll be able to successfully do it," Tiwari said.

Tiwari was elected a member of the Bihar Assembly first time in 1996. He served as a minister in the Lalu-Rabri government between 2000 and 2005. However, he quit the party temporarily in 2008 and joined Nitish-led Janata Dal – U. Still unhappy with the direction his life was taking, Tiwari resigned from the JD-U and announced his retirement from politics.

With his lifelong devotion to Lalu Prasad Yadav, Tiwari once again emerged from his so-called retirement and re-joined RJD at the request of the party chief.

Party sources, however, said Tiwari was disappointed with the current leadership in the party led by Tejaswi Yadav, the younger son of Lalu and Rabri Devi and the former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar.

Critical of Tejaswi Yadav's sudden disappearance from the political scene following the party's demolition in the last Lok Sabha elections and later his second act of vanishing from the state capital when Patna was drowning in the rain water just a few weeks ago, Tiwari is said to have given up on the RJD in the absence of Lalu Prasad Yadav. He is also said to be reluctant to accept Tejaswi Yadav as his true leader when he, along with many other senior party leaders, does not think Yadav's son was ready for the prime time.

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