26 September, 2020

India's Chanakyas | Nitish Kumar's Most Valuable Person In Bihar Has Ram And Chandra In His Name

Meet Ramchandra Prasad Singh, the man who has been quietly shaping Nitish Kumar's political destiny.

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India's Chanakyas | Nitish Kumar's Most Valuable Person In Bihar Has Ram And Chandra In His Name
outlookindia.com
2019-03-24T14:37:37+05:30

Ramchandra Prasad Singh is a man of few words who shuns the limelight. But beneath the veneer of a reticent persona lies sharp political acumen. For more than two decades, he has been Bihar CM and JD-(U) president Nitish Kumar’s Man Friday—more trusted, perhaps, than the high-profile Prashant Kishor, who had a meteoric rise in JD-(U) since his innovative campaign for the mahagathbandhan against the NDA in the 2015 assembly elections after playing a key role in bringing together foes Nitish and RJD president Laloo Prasad Yadav for the first time in 20 years. Elections: Number Game

Today, RCP, as Singh is popularly known, handles key matters of the organisation such as election strategies and smooth ­coordination with the allies, besides keeping tabs on the state government’s welfare schemes. If RCP still gives the impression of being a hard-nosed bureaucrat rather than a pliant neta, it’s not without reason. The 60-year-old Rajya Sabha member was in the IAS for...

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