A day after RJD’s Lit the Lantern campaign evoked a massive response on the social media platforms not only in Bihar, but across India, the national vice president of the party Raghuvansh Prasad Singh on Thursday resigned from its primary membership. The leader of opposition in the Bihar Assembly Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, had given a call to the people of Bihar in particular to put off the light of their houses and business establishments and instead lit lanterns, candles, diyas etc. for nine minutes at 9:00 PM on Sep 9.
His party workers and supporters in Bihar and even outside responded strongly. Lanterns were lit at the official residence of former chief minister Rabri Devi, who along with her two sons and other family members were present on the occasion. In the party office in Patna and other places a large number of workers gathered to make the call a big success. Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Singh Yadav joined this campaign in Lucknow, so did Tejashwi’s third sister Rohini Acharya who lives in Singapore.
The call evoked a huge response on the social media platform Twitter and a million people tweeted. It was trending at the top pushing Kangana Ranuat to the second place. Tejashwi gave this call in protest against the Nitish Kumar government’s failure to give jobs to youths.
However, senior leader of the RJD Raghuvansh Prasad Singh was not impressed and hours after this show of strength he wrote down in his own hand-writing the resignation letter to party chief Lalu Prasad.
It said that he had worked under the leadership of Lalu for 32 years but now he is not prepared to work any more. The seventy-four year old Raghuvansh penned this letter from AIIMS in New Delhi where he was shifted in its ICU on Sep 9 itself. However, later his condition improved. Though he had not announced his future course of action grapevine has it that he may join Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United. He had been unhappy with the present leadership of RJD following the decision to induct former LJP MP Rama Singh into the RJD, since LJP candidate Rama defeated Raghuvansh in 2014 Lok Sabha election.