In October 2005, February 2005, and 2000 state assembly elections, Abdul Bari Siddiqui of RJD won the Bahera assembly seat defeating his nearest rivals Ram Narayan Thakur, Mahendra Jha Azad and Harish Chandra Jha, all of BJP, respectively. Contests in most years were multi cornered but only winners and runners are being mentioned. Abdul Bari Siddiqui representing JD defeated Harish Chandra Jha of BJP in 1995. Mahendra Jha Azad of Congress/ Independent defeated Abdul Bari Siddiqui of JD/ LD in 1990 and 1985. Paramanand Jha of Congress defeated Abdul Bari Siddiqui of Janata Party (Secular – Charan Singh) in 1980. Abdul Bari Siddiqui of JP defeated Harinath Mishra of Congress in 1977.