Patna: The infighting within the Janta Dal (United) grew deeper on Monday with Bihar state unit president Rajiv Ranjan alias Lallan Singh, a close confidant of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, stepping down from the post.
Lallan Singh had made it amply clear yesterday that he would quit the party post, in the wake of differences with the CM.
While the two had fallen out some time ago, the souring relationship reached a point of no return in December last year when the JD(U) leadership re-inducted Upendra Kushwaha into the party.
Kushwaha, a former state unit general secretary, had come out in support of former CM Rabri Devi when she attacked Nitish as well as Lallan Singh in the run-up to the General Elections.
Lallan Singh’s resignation comes at a time when the NDA is preparing for the state Assembly Elections to be held in October this year.
The development follows another prominent upper caste Rajput leader of the JD(U), Prabhunath Singh’s scathing attack on Nitish Kumar, accusing him of favouring his own caste, the OBC Kurmis.