It was formally announced by RJD chief Lalu Prasad at the party headquarters here in the presence of hundreds of party leaders and workers.

Purve, a former minister, is considered a trusted man of Lalu Prasad. He is soft spoken person with over three decades of active politics.

This is third time Purve has been appointed as RJD state president. When he was appointed as RJD state president for the first time in 2010, the RJD was in opposition. In 2013 also the party was in opposition. But now the RJD is a ruling party, as it is part of the Grand Alliance-led government.

RJD today enjoys a strong social support base in Bihar, thanks to its mass leader Lalu Prasad. It was reflected in Bihar assembly polls concluded in November 2015 when the RJD won 80 assembly seats and emerged as the largest single party. Lalu Prasad is likely to be re-elected as party chief on January 17.

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