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|
|Founded||5 July 1997|
|Headquarters||13, V P House, Rafi Marg, New Delhi - 110001|
|Alliance||United Progressive Alliance|
|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.
On 5 July 1997, Lalu Prasad, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Kanti Singh along with seventeen Loksabha MPs and eight Rajyasabha MPs along with supporters gathered at New Delhi formed the new political party, Rashtriya Janata Dal. It was formed as breakaway of Janata Dal. Lalu Prasad was elected as the first president of RJD.
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 well, winning a majority of the seats in the state assembly in Bihar. Continuing its upswing in electoral fortunes, the party won 21 Lok Sabha seats in the 2004 elections that it fought in alliance with Congress. It was a part of Indian National Congress led United Progressive Alliance from 2004 to May 2009, wherein Prasad held the position of the Railway Minister. In 2005 Bihar legislative assembly election RJD won only 75 seats and lost the power. 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 Indian general election, 2009, the RJD broke its alliance from UPA when seat sharing talks failed. RJD formed its alliance with Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party and Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party what the media has dubbed the "Fourth Front". RJD performed poorly and won just four seats, all of them in Bihar. However, in 2010 Assembly election, the RJD did not continue their alliance with Samajwadi Party.
In Indian general election, 2014 RJD came back to UPA and contested election in alliance with Indian National Congress and Nationalist Congress Party in Bihar. Out of 40 seats in Bihar, RJD will contest on 27 seats, INC on 12 and NCP on one. The eldest daughter of Lalu Prasad Yadav, Misa Bharti and his wife Rabri Devi will contest from Patliputra and Saran respectively.
- India Times
- National level party
- "Lok Sabha elections: RJD, Cong, NCP announce alliance in Bihar". The Times of India. PTI. 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2014-04-01.