Welcome to my new series of blogs in AadiliA where I will take you to the high profile election of Bihar 2015. From the last one month I was thinking of writing on this elections and at first I thought of dedicating one of two blog posts on this elections. But now I realize that since my readership of the blog has crossed over 3000 and most of the readers are outside of bihar it is my humble duty to inform them of the situation in as much precise manner as possible. So, this is a bilateral election where two alliances (The Grand Alliance vs The National Democratic Alliance) are contesting for grabbing the throne of Bihar which is a combination of 243 small constituencies. So, it is precisely speaking 243 different elections merged together. Both the sides have both good and bad qualities and the contest is neck to neck till now. You will be meeting a lot of great political personalities who may not be that popular on TV but are really playing a lot of role in this elections. So, Let us welcome the first guest of this series, "Dr. Raghuvansh Prasad Singh"
It is a common belief in the India of 2015 that all the secular leaders are corrupt. If you are searching for a clean faced leader even in a party like Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) which is commonly perceived as a corrupt party due to Laloo's fodder scam case (that is a different story and I will cover it in the later blogs) then your search is over. He is the national vice-president of the RJD.
He has done his MSc. and PhD in Mathematics and was a professor of Mathematics in Goenka College, Sitamarhi, under Bihar University but he also has expertise in the rural and agricultural landscape of India. He could be a great education reformer due to his background of his studies. Very few people of bihar could dare to do phD at that time that too in a hindi medium Mathematics which is far difficult than the English medium.
He is one of the senior most politicians of the nation. As a fellow mathematician I can clearly say after watching his addressings in lok-sabha that he presents his words very logically and precisely with proper citations. One of his famous speeches was that in which for the first time he put forward the demand of the special status of Bihar in 2002 after which Nitish kumar carried forward this demand. Even if someone listens to that addressing today, it is clear the way he demolished some of the biggest frauds and prejudices about bihar. 13 years have passed but still that demand is not yet fulfilled. He won the Lok Sabha seat of Vaishali 5 times in a row though in the election of 2014 he lost his seat.
He is one of the direct products of the JP movement and was known for his calculative and precise approach in the agitation. In the RJD, he works as a think tank of Laloo Prasad Yadav. He is the behind the scene guy for the Laloo's success in the 90's and even after all the old people left Laloo after 2005, he still was one of the loyal friends of Laloo. During the JP movement he was dismissed from the university service at the time of Emergency and he was one of those active people in to lead the "Jail Bharo Andolan " ("fill the jails- agitation"). He is directly connected to the farmers of bihar and he is known for providing legal aids to farmers whenever necessary.
These are the various posts that he took responsibilities till now.
|1973-77||Secretary, Samyukta Socialist Party (S.S.P.), Distt. Sitamarhi|
|1977-90||Member, Bihar Legislative Assembly|
|1977-79||Minister of State, Power, Government of Bihar|
|1979-80||Member, Committee on Questions and Calling Attention|
|1980-85||President, Lok Dal, Distt. Sitamarhi|
|1985-89||Member, Central Parliamentary Board, Lok Dal|
|1985-90||Member, Public Accounts Committee|
|1987-90||Member, Pratyayukta Samiti|
|1989-90||Chairman, Library Committee|
|1990||Deputy Speaker, Bihar Legislative Assembly|
|1991-94||Deputy Leader, Bihar Legislative Council|
|1991-95||Member, Bihar Legislative Council|
|1994-95||Chairman, Bihar Legislative Council|
|1995-96||Minister, Energy, Relief, Rehabilitation and Department of Official Languages, Government of Bihar|
|1996||Elected to 11th Lok Sabha|
|1996-97||Union Minister of State, Animal Husbandry and Dairying (Independent Charge)|
|1997-98||Union Minister of State, Food and Consumer Affairs (Independent Charge)|
|1998||Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (2nd term)|
|1998-99||Chairman, Committee on Food, Civil Supplies and Public Distribution; and its Sub-Committees on Department of Food and Civil Supplies; Department of Sugar and Edible Oils; Department of Consumer Affairs; and Department of Coordination|
|Member, General Purposes Committee|
|Member, Committee on Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLAD)|
|Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Agriculture|
|1999||Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (3rd term)|
|1999-2000||Leader, Rashtriya Janata Dal Parliamentary Party, Lok Sabha|
|Member, Committee on Home Affairs|
|1999-2004||Member, General Purposes Committee|
|2004||Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha( 4th term)|
|23 May 2004 - 2009||Union Cabinet Minister, Rural Development|
|Vice President, Parliamentary Forum on Water Conservation & Management|
|2009||Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (5th term)|
|Jun. 2009||Member, Panel of Chairmen, Lok Sabha|
|6 Aug. 2009||Member, Committee on Estimates|
|31 Aug. 2009||Member, Committee on Home Affairs|
|19 Oct. 2009||General Purpose Committee|
He did amazing job as minister of Rural development and is probably the most knowledgeable persons among all the politicians fighting in bihar. For 5 reigns in Lok Sabha he represented the seat of vaishali. This may turn out to be his strength as well as weakness in this elections. I am saying weakness because he was disconnected from assembly election issues for a long time. He lost in 2014 by a huge margin from Rama Singh who is clearly not even an inch of his stature. The main reason behind that was the splitting of his votes among other dummy candidates and the bahubali attitude of Rama Singh and not to forget the marketing of the present prime minister Narendra Modi. Still chances of his winning his seat this time is much higher.
Few days back he was in some controversy where he proved that some saints and sages as per Vedas used to eat beef. I won't talk much about the beef remark but in my subsequent blogs I will prove that one of the biggest mistake that BJP did in bihar was doing beef politics.