Rajiv Ranjan Singh

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Rajiv Ranjan Singh
Cabinet Minister
In office
first term from Munger
Constituency Bihar Legislative Council
Personal details
Born (1955-01-24) 24 January 1955 (age 62)
Patna, Bihar
Political party Janata Dal United
Spouse(s) Renu Devi
Children 1 daughter only
Residence Patna
Religion Hinduism
As of 26 September, 2006

Rajiv Ranjan Singh (born 24 January 1955 in Nalanda, Bihar) is the Minister for Planning and Development in the Bihar Cabinet under Nitish Kumar.

He was nominated a member of the Bihar Legislative Council in June 2014 post his defeat in the May 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He was a member of the 15th Lok Sabha of India and represented the Munger constituency of Bihar and is a member of the Janata Dal (United) political party. He previously represented the Begusarai constituency in the 14th Lok Sabha of India. He was also a Rajya Sabha member from Bihar before elected to Loksabha. In 2014 lok sabha election he lost to Veena Devi.

Political background[edit]

He represented the Munger constituency of Bihar and was President of Bihar JDU when he rebelled against CM Nitish Kumar in 2010 and later continued to be an unattached member of JD(U). The party moved in Lok Sabha to demand his disqualification but the move was aborted post his rapprochement with Nitish Kumar in 2013. He was given a ticket to contest the Munger Lok Sabha seat but was defeated by Veena Devi of LJP by nearly 1 lakh votes.

He was nominated to the Legislative Council under the Governor's quota and made the Minister for Road Construction in the Jitan Ram Manjhi] cabinet in June 2014. His induction and elevation despite the electoral loss sparked rebellion in JDU led by Gyanendra Singh Gyanu who later defected to BJP with a group of 12 MLAs. He was sacked from the cabinet by Jeetan Ram Manjhi as minister along with P. K. Shahi in February 2015. When Nitish Kumar became chief minister he was again inducted as a Minister in the Mahagathbandhan Government[1]

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