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Abhay Singh nominated as Jharkhand president

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Ranchi: The Lalu Prasad-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Monday removed Gautam Sagar Rana from the post of Jharkhand state president and nominated party’s state youth wing chief Abhay Kumar Singh in his place.
But soon after the announcement, the RJD looked divided on the decision as several senior leaders of the party called the move unfortunate.
Meanwhile RJD national principal general secretary SM Kamar Alam on Monday issued a letter to Singh stating that his appointment was made as per the direction of national president Lalu Prasad.
Alam asked the new president to form the working committee as soon as possible while expressing hope RJD would expand rapidly under Singh’s leadership. He added the party will play important role in state level politics under the new president.
While talking on the development, Singh said he would review causes of party defeat in the Lok Sabha elections in Jharkhand. He said the party emphasis will be on ‘booth jeeto programme’.
Notably, RJD disciplinary committee had recommended for suspension of Singh from primary membership of party for six years for his alleged violation of party discipline some days ago. Singh was accused of pulling the down Rana’s poster from the party office in Ranchi during the Lok Sabha elections.
Several RJD leaders have termed the decision as damaging for RJD. Vice-president Rajesh Yadav said that the move will not sent right signals among the party workers. When asked about news of his quitting the party to join the BJP he said, “After serving RJD for over 40 years it would be unfortunate if I have to part ways with Lalu. We are feeling quite suffocated in the party at present,” he said.

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