Rashtriya Janata Dal
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|Rashtriya Janata Dal|
|Chairperson||Lalu Prasad Yadav|
|Leader in Lok Sabha||Lalu Prasad Yadav|
|Leader in Rajya Sabha||Ram Kripal Yadav|
|Headquarters||13, V P House, Rafi Marg, New Delhi - 110001|
|Seats in Lok Sabha|
|Seats in Rajya Sabha|
|Politics of India
The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD- "National People's Party") is a political party in India, based in the state of Bihar. The party was founded in 1997 by Lalu Prasad Yadav. The party came about as a result of Lalu Prasad Yadav, ex-president of Janata Dal, being evicted by Sharad Yadav, the then president, on corruption charges ($250 million) over the farm support funds. The mass base of the party has traditionally been Yadavs and Muslims, two large and relatively politically active segments of Bihar's population. In 2008, RJD received the status of recognized national level party following its performance in north-eastern states. RJD was derecognised as a national party on 30 July 2010.
Officers Bihar Unit
- National President, Ex-Chief Minister Of Bihar, Ex-Railway Minister of India.
- Leader of the Opposition, Bihar Vidhan Sabha
- Leader Of the Opposition, Bihar Vidhan Parishad
- Bihar State President
- Jharkhand State President
- National Executive Member
- General Secretary
- National Secretary
- National Spokes Person
- Youth General Secretary Delhi Pradesh
- Azhar Ansary (CM of Behar)
Members of Parliament
Members of Lok Sabha
Members of Lok Sabha belonging to RJD.
Members of Rajya Sabha
Members of Rajya Sabha belonging to RJD.
In view of the unwavering commitment to the values of equality, social justice as also to contest the growing communal posturing of certain political formations, Rashtriya Janta Dal came into being on 5 July 1997. It was on this historic day that shri Lalu Prasad, Shri Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Smt. Kanti Singh along with seventeen Loksabha MPs and eight Rajyasabha MPs besides thousands of supporters and activists assembled at, New Delhi and took the historic decision to form a new Political Party under the name "Rashtriya Janta Dal- RJD". Shri Lalu Prasad was elected as the President of "Rashtriya Janta Dal- RJD". As an active and dynamic political organisation, RJD has invariably stood to strengthen the fight for social equality, social justice and secularism. It was one of the most important ally of UPA-1 from 2004 to May 2009, wherein Sh. Lalu Prasad became the most successful Railway Minister in Indian History.
Rashtriya Janta Dal locates itself in the collective aspirations of people and communities striving to carve out a society based on the premises of social justice and secularism. Since its inception Rashtriya Janta Dal is relentlessly working as the voice of the socially and economically downtrodden sections of the society. The RJD believes in working on and propagating socialist politics and towards this end the party has been developing solidarity network of landless labourers, peasants and farmers other weaker groups as well as progressive people from other sections of society. Drawing inspiration from Gandhian values as well as following in the great tradition of the socialist leaders, RJD strongly stands against communalism in any form. The party believes that the right of peaceful and democratic dissent including Satyagraha/ non-violent resistance is a fundamental right of the people. RJD as a political organisation follows the guiding ideas of Late Sh. JayaPrakash Narayan lovingly and popularly known as JP or Loknayak. Following in the footsteps of the great socialist visionary, RJD has the impeccable faith that translation of constitutional ideals of 'sovereign, socialist, democratic and secular republic' into reality requires enduring vigilance and struggle at grassroots. JP's recitation of Rashtrakavi Ramdhari Singh 'Dinkar's wonderfully evocative lines: Singhasan Khaali Karo Ke Janata Aaati Hai and his 'Do or Die' spirit remains an inspiration for the RJD in its struggle for social upliftment of the poor, backward, minorities and other socially weaker sections of society.
RJD has emerged as an active political party with a modern and progressive outlook and its history so far is integrally linked to the principles of secularism, social justice and an inclusive development for all.
Recently, RJD held a 'Parivartan Rally' in Bihar as the exercise for the 2014 General Elections and 2015 Bihar Assembly Elections.
In the March 1998 national elections, RJD won 17 Lok Sabha seats from Bihar but failed to make significant headway in any other state. Later that year, the party formed an alliance with Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party as an anti-Bharatiya Janata Party secular coalition but the coalition failed in garnering any widespread support.
In the October 1999 elections, RJD fought the election in alliance with Congress but lost 10 Lok Sabha seats including the seat of Lalu Prasad Yadav. In the 2000 state elections, however, it performed unexpectedly well - winning a majority of the seats in the state assembly. Continuing its upswing in electoral fortunes, the party won 21 Lok Sabha seats in the 2004 elections that it fought in alliance with Congress. The pendulum swung back, however, next year and the party had to relinquish power in the 2005 state elections after winning only 75 seats. In the state elections held later that year - as a result of no party being able to form a government - RJD continued its downward slide losing 21 seats.
In the general election of April–May 2009, the RJD had a disastrous result, dropping down to just 4 seats, all of them in Bihar.
It held power in the Indian state of Bihar, under the Chief Ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and then Rabri Devi, Lalu's wife, but after the elections in February 2005, the state of Bihar came under President's Rule through Governor of Bihar Sardar Buta Singh. Since then, a new election has brought the NDA to power in the state. The RJD is no longer a member of India's governing coalition led by the Congress Party. The party was in alliance with Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party and Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party forming what the media has dubbed the "Fourth Front". However, in 2010 Assembly election, the RJD did not continue their alliance with Samajwadi Party.