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Sunday, October 25, 2020
Bihar polls special coverage

Rajput leader who has Lalu's ear

Rajput leader who has Lalu's ear

In November last year the RJD took everyone by surprise when it appointed 74-year-old Jagadanand Singh, a Rajput, as its state president. It was the first time in the party’s 23-year history that an upper-caste politician had been appointed its Bihar chief. The decision was as much informed by the RJD’s intent to recast the party’s image of a Yadav-dominated OBC outfit, as it was by the family’s desire to have a loyalist old-timer by the side of Tejashwi as he takes on the NDA for the second time without charismatic father Lalu Prasad. A product of the socialist political movement, Jagada Babu — as he is popularly known in Bihar — is one of the founder members of the RJD and has represented the Ramgarh constituency in Central Bihar multiple times as an MLA