Janata Dal (United) MP Rajeev Ranjan alias Lalan Singh was elected the national president in the party’s national executive meeting on Saturday. Sources gave this information. Lalan Singh has replaced RCP Singh. RCP Singh had offered to step down from the post of JD(U) president after becoming a minister in the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre. Lalan Singh, MP from Munger Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar, is considered a confidant of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
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Earlier on Wednesday, a JD(U) statement had said that issues related to the organisation, membership drive, current political issues and the upcoming assembly elections are the main topics for the meeting. The party’s face and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, RCP Singh, all party MPs, national office bearers and state unit chiefs and other leaders will attend the meeting.
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It was being speculated that after being made a cabinet minister in the central government, Singh may now step down as the president of the party. In the event of a change of leadership in the JD(U), the party’s parliamentary board chairman Upendra Kushwaha is being seen as his possible successor. This meeting is taking place at a time when regional parties are not comfortable with the Bharatiya Janata Party. Recently, Kumar had objected to the insistence of some chief ministers of BJP-ruled states on bringing in laws for population control, saying that promoting girl child education is a better option.
Lalan Singh became the new president of JDU, replaced RCP Singh
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