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Rashtriya Janata Dal

The Rashtriya Janata Dal, briefly recognized as RJD is a political party in India.

It has mass voters in the state of Bihar. The party was established in 1997 by Laloo Prasad Yadav. The party usually focuses on Yadavs and Muslims, two large and comparatively politically active sections of Bihar's population.

Rashtriya Janata Dal locates itself in the communal ambitions of people and communities determined to develop a society that is based on the grounds of social justice and secularism. ...
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Rashtriya Janata Dal News

No deadlock in Mahagathbandhan over seats: Tejashwi

Posted On : Mar 20,2019,    4:16 pm
Patna, March 20 (IANS) RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav has denied reports of a deadlock over seats in the "Mahagathbandhan" (Grand Alliance) in Bihar, saying it has been finalised and will be announced after the Holi. View More..

Tug-of-war in grand alliance over Darbhanga, Madhubani seats

Posted On : Mar 19,2019,    9:46 pm
Patna, March 19 (IANS) Seat sharing in 'mahagathbandhan' (grand alliance) for the Lok Sabha elections has turned into a tug-of-war among parties with Darbhanga and Madhubani parliamentary constituencies emerging as trouble spots. View More..

Bihar Grand Alliance deadlock over seats continues

Posted On : Mar 18,2019,    7:08 pm
Patna, March 18 (IANS) The deadlock over seat sharing in the "Mahagathbandhan" (Grand Alliance) in Bihar continued on Monday and it is unlikely to resolve in the next 24 hours. View More..

Grand Alliance announcement after Holi: JMM

Posted On : Mar 16,2019,    5:28 pm
Ranchi/New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) Executive President Hemant Soren on Saturday met Congress President Rahul Gandhi in the national capital and said an announcement on a Grand Alliance in the state will be made after Holi. View More..

LS polls: Congress to contest 11 seats in Bihar

Posted On : Mar 15,2019,    8:14 pm
Patna, March 15 (IANS) The Congress will contest 11 out of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, said Bihar Congress campaign committee Chairman Akhilesh Prasad Singh here on Friday. View More..

Fodder scam: SC notice to CBI on Lalu plea for bail

Posted On : Mar 15,2019,    7:10 pm
New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on a plea by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad seeking bail in multi-million fodder scam cases. View More..

Seat-sharing talks underway, RJD begins campaign

Posted On : Mar 15,2019,    3:42 pm
Patna, March 15 (IANS) Following a green signal from Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, nearly half a dozen likely candidates including former MP Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, have started campaigning even before the final seat-sharing formula of the opposition Grand Alliance has been announced, a senior party leader said. View More..

Congress facing troubles in seat-sharing

Posted On : Mar 14,2019,    8:56 pm
New Delhi, March 14 (IANS) The Congress is facing dissensions in several states ahead of Lok Sabha elections and is yet to firm up alliances in crucial states like Bihar even as the first phase of Lok Sabha elections is less than a month away. View More..

Jharkhand: Congress may name candidates after Holi

Posted On : Mar 14,2019,    6:00 pm
Ranchi, March 14 (IANS) The Congress party is likely to announce the list of candidates for the Lok Sabha elections in Jharkhand after Holi, since the state is due to go to polls in the last four phases of the seven-phase parliamentary elections. View More..

Bihar's NDA taunts Grand Alliance over seat sharing

Posted On : Mar 14,2019,    2:02 pm
Patna, March 14 (IANS) A day after the opposition Grand Alliance failed to reach an accord on seat sharing at a meeting in Delhi, Bihar's ruling NDA on Thursday taunted it, saying those who can't decide also cannot challenge. View More..

Akhilesh, Yogi trade barbs over Modi's poll appeal

Posted On : Mar 13,2019,    1:30 pm
Lucknow, March 13 (IANS) A war of words erupted between Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged several prominent personalities to encourage people to come out and vote in large numbers. View More..

BJP, Congress rivalled on less than 170 seats in 2014

Posted On : Mar 12,2019,    8:22 pm
New Delhi, March 12 (IANS) The battle for 2019 goes way beyond Bharatiya Janata Party-versus-Congress contest as the data available for 2014 general election show that the two major contestants rivalled each other only on less than 170 seats, View More..

Won't contest if not given enough seats: Manjhi

Posted On : Mar 12,2019,    6:22 pm
Patna, March 12 (IANS) A day before the Grand Alliance meets in Delhi to finalize the seat sharing for the Lok Sabha elections, the Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) warned on Tuesday that it will not contest if it was not given a respectable number of seats. View More..

Shun BJP-inspired TV debates, Tejashwi to opposition parties

Posted On : Mar 11,2019,    11:26 pm
Patna, March 11 (IANS) Bihar opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav here on Monday appealed all the opposition parties to not participate in debates on television channels, which are promoting the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). View More..

BJP may gain from multi-phase polling, but sustaining it a challenge

Posted On : Mar 11,2019,    7:32 pm
New Delhi, March 11 (IANS) The schedule of Lok Sabha elections announced on Sunday has provided the Bharatiya Janata Party an opportunity to run concerted campaigns in some of the crucial states it is trying to expand or is facing tough contests. The party, however, also faces challenge of sustaining its narrative on national security till the end of the seven-phased election that begins on April 11. View More..

NDA may get slim majority, BJP 34 seats less: Survey

Posted On : Mar 10,2019,    10:56 pm
New Delhi, March 10 (IANS) A poll survey on Sunday predicted that the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) may get a thin majority with 285 seats, 13 more than the magic figure of 272, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may get 34 seats less than it got in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. View More..

Multi-phased vote in UP, Bihar, West Bengal to help BJP run a concerted campaign

Posted On : Mar 10,2019,    9:54 pm
New Delhi, March 10 (IANS) As per the Lok Sabha election schedule, announced by the Election Commission here on Sunday, many states where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been making effort to expand its base or where it faces tough contest will go for a multi-phased contest, giving the party time to carry out a concerted campaign to improve its prospects. View More..

LS seats not adding up for UPA even after possible post-poll tie-ups (IANS Election Special)

Posted On : Mar 10,2019,    8:24 pm
New Delhi, March 10 (IANS) The Lok Sabha seats are not adding up for the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) even after possible post-poll alliances. View More..

Lalu to select seats, party candidates for Lok Sabha polls

Posted On : Mar 09,2019,    2:42 pm
Patna, March 9 (IANS) Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, who is in jail after being convicted in three fodder scam cases, will select seats and party candidates for his party for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, party state president Ramchander Purbe said on Saturday. View More..

Congress must support other opposition parties: NCP

Posted On : Mar 07,2019,    7:24 pm
New Delhi, March 7 (IANS) In order to give a tough fight to the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls, the Congress must support other opposition parties, particularly the AAP in Delhi and the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh, NCP leader D.P Tripathi said on Thursday. View More..



About Rashtriya Janata Dal

   Rashtriya Janata Dal History

The Rashtriya Janata Dal, briefly recognized as RJD is a political party in India. It has mass voters in the state of Bihar. The party was established in 1997 by Laloo Prasad Yadav. The party usually focuses on Yadavs and Muslims, two large and comparatively politically active sections of Bihar's population. Rashtriya Janata Dal locates itself in the communal ambitions of people and communities determined to develop a society that is based on the grounds of social justice and secularism. The Election Symbol of RJD, accepted by the Election Commission, is a hurricane lamp.

This symbol has immense impetus in social scenario as it represents light, of enlightenment, of literacy and of progress.

Historical review of party:

The Rashtriya Janata Dal exceeded from regional boundaries and gained the status of national party in 2008, following its performance in north-eastern states. In March 1998 national elections, RJD grabbed 17 Lok Sabha seats from Bihar but could not succeed in any other state. Afterwards, the party made coalition with Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party and represented as an anti-BJP secular coalition but this alliance also did not gain success. In the October 1999 elections, RJD contested the election in coalition with Congress but lost 10 Lok Sabha seats that included the seat of Lalu Prasad Yadav. In the 2000 state elections, however, it performed unpredictably well and emerged as a triumphant party with a majority of the seats in the state assembly. This trend continued and party electoral fortunes shined during this period. The party won 21 Lok Sabha seats in the 2004 elections that it fought in alliance with Congress. But this upward trend dropped in very next year and the party had to turn down power in the 2005 state elections after winning only 75 seats. In the state elections held that year, none of the party won enough seats to form a government. RJD continued to perform in downward trend and lost 21 seats. In the general election of April-May 2009, the RJD had a terrible result as party got only 4 seats. 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 lost its fame and could not be a member of India's governing coalition led by the Congress Party.

Prominent Leaders of RJD:

The leaders of the RJD are also their national representatives and executives. Lalu Prasad Yadav is President of the Rashtriya Janata Dal and chosen as a Member of Parliament to the 15th Lok Sabha from the Saran constituency in Bihar, Lalu Prasad has been one the most famous Railway Ministers of the UPA government in India from 2004 to 2009. He ruled as the Chief Minister of Bihar for two terms. Lalu is recognized for his simple characteristic, his ability to influence masses. He has received entry into the Limca Book of Records for being the longest-serving president of any political party. He was invited for lectures to world-class universities like Harvard and other Ivy League institutes in the USA, as well as sacred by different celebrities from the world of Bollywood. Dr. Raghuvansh Prasad Singh is member of the RJD, he represents the Vaishali constituency of Bihar in the 15th Lok Sabha. He is the only Lok Sabha member to have won from this same constituency for 5 consecutive terms. He is an ex Union Minister for Rural Development. Jagada Nand Singh is a member of the RJD and represents the Buxar constituency of Bihar in the 15th Lok Sabha. Prabhunath Singh is a member of the RJD and he is of Rajput origin. Prabhunath Singh represented the Maharajganj constituency of Bihar in the 14th Lok Sabha. Prem Chand Gupta is a member of the Rajya Sabha and was a cabinet minister in Ministry of Company Affairs in India. He represents Bihar.

Main Ideology of party:

Since its set up, Rashtriya Janata Dal is persistently working for the socially and economically browbeaten sections of the society. The RJD believes in working on and disseminate socialist politics and the party has been developing commonality network of landless labourers, peasants and farmers and other weaker groups in addition to progressive people from other sections of civilization. The Rashtriya Janata Dal is encouraged from Gandhian thoughts as well as follows the great tradition of the socialist leaders. Party is determined to fight against communalism in any form. The party considers that Satyagraha/ non-violent resistance is basic right of people of India. Party operates on the principles of social justice, social equality and secularism and sincerely follows the footsteps of the social revolutionary and modern philosopher Jay Prakash Narayan, who is prevalently known as Loknayak. Narayan. Catchphrase for RJD is "Do or Die" spirit that means to fight against cruelty of the poor and awkward sections of the society. The RJDs huge success in Bihar is due to its adoption of the Gandhian values of non-violent resistance to cast and communalism of any form. RJD has appeared as an active political party with a contemporary and progressive viewpoint and its history is integrally related to the principles of secularism, social justice and an inclusive development for all.

Success and political activities of party:

Rashtriya Janata Dal emerged as a national political party and as a regional party. During its rule, the RJD has made numerous noteworthy contributions to the political arena of the country. One of the prime frontal organizations of the RJD is its student wing, called the Yuva RJD. This was established to include and assemble the youth of Bihar for development and improvement in the state. It is one of the most lively youth factions present in the history of student politics in the nation. Tejashwi Yadav is the main advocate of maintaining the principles of democracy, secularism, social justice to the members of the Yuva RJD. RJD made coalition with the Indian National Congress and other parties to form UPA-1 in the 2004 general elections. It did excellent performance in the 2000 state assembly elections. Lalu Prasad Yadav, as the Railway Minister of India and Chief Minister of Bihar, has extended its services to people of India. It is established that he revitalized the Indian Railways from a state of corruption and crisis through generating a funds. He brought extra revenue of about 90,000 crores, according to news reports. Lalu Prasad Yadav is famous for introducing new schemes. One of his dominant schemes is 'Charwaha Vidyalay' or school for animal grazers.
Rashtriya Janata Dal is well prepared for 2014 Lok Sabha Election. To persuade his traditional support base of Yadavs and Muslims, Prasad has given tickets to eight candidates from his caste and six from the minority community. News reports revealed that a few party leaders expressed bitterness over the choice of candidates. Senior leader Ramkripal Yadav has leftparty.

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