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Saturday, October 31, 2020
Bihar polls special coverage

The silent partner, with a big say

The silent partner, with a big say

Two-time JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP Ram Chandra Prasad Singh, better known by his initials RCP Singh, prefers keeping a low profile. The only instance observers in Patna recall of his being vocal is when poll strategist Prashant Kishor briefly challenged his authority as de facto number two to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Two days before the first phase of voting in Bihar though, on October 26, Singh, 62, found himself in the limelight after a violent clash during immersion of a Durga idol left one dead and several injured in Munger, allegedly in police firing. Singh faced violent protests when he visited Begusarai, with the Opposition hinting at the fact that Singh’s daughter Lipi Singh was SP of Munger. The Election Commission has since then removed Lipi Singh.