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Monday , June 18 , 2012
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Cracks surface in RJD

Patna, June 17: Signs of growing disenchantment in the RJD over the style of functioning of its chief Lalu Prasad are out in the open.

On Sunday, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, the second most well-known face in the RJD (after Lalu) in the Lok Sabha, said he had been staying away from the meetings because he was unhappy with the party’s way of functioning.

“It’s not that I am disappointed, but yes I am dissatisfied with the functioning of the party. There are certain issues in the party, which I do not like,” he told The Telegraph.

Though Raghuvansh did not get into details, it is believed that he is unhappy with Lalu for spending more time in New Delhi and not launching a campaign against the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar. In an obvious hint at the leadership crisis within the party, Raghuvansh said: “Engine nahi chalega to dibba kaise chalega (How can compartments run if the engine of a train does not move)?”

On the reasons for skipping the RJD’s national executive meeting, he said: “I keep on moving from one place to another. It is not possible to bring a change in the party by organising a meeting at a hotel. I also do not need to register my presence in such meetings. It hardly has any value to me. I believe in working at the grassroots level, which I do all the time.”

He added: “I do not attend such meetings. If the party’s attitude continues to be same, then I will not attend the meetings in the future. It is better to spend time in my constituency (Vaishali).”

The RJD national executive meeting was not the first programme that Raghuvansh skipped. He had also stayed away from the RJD membership drive launched by Lalu on June 5. He also did not attend the function held to celebrate Lalu’s birthday at 10 Circular Road on June 11.

Though The Telegraph tried to contact Lalu for his comment on what Raghuvansh had to say, he was unavailable. Earlier, the RJD chief had ruled out any discontentment within the party while reacting to the senior leaders staying away from such programmes.