Patna,(BiharTimes): The chief whip of Rashtriya Janata Dal in Bihar legislative council, Ram Chandra Prasad, died after protracted illness at a hospital in Bangalore on Wednesday morning. He was 72.
He was a native of Baichna village under Mokama block of Patna district. However, he shifted to Biharsharif in 1972 and was elected Zila Parishad member in 1975. He was later elected chairman of Nalanda Central Cooperative Bank. In 2005, he was made MLC and was re-elected in 2011.
During the then Janata Dal days he was considered quite close to Nitish Kumar. In 1990 he unsuccessfully contested Biharsharif Assembly seat on Janata Dal ticket. In the following election he tried his luck as an Independent candidate, but lost.
The chief minister condoled his death and said he was a popular politician. Nitish announced that last rites would be performed with full state honour.
According to his son Shravan Kumar the body would be taken to Biharsharif and cremation would take place at Barh.
Road construction minister Nand Kishore Yadav, state BJP chief Mangal Pandey, vice-presidents Lalbabu Prasad and Sanjay Mayukh, RJD’s chief whip in Assembly Samrat Choudhary and several other leaders expressed deep shock over his death.