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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

Rahul, Sonia to skip Mamata's opposition rally

Posted On : Jan 15,2019,    8:14 pm
New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) With the West Bengal unit and Trinamool Congress not on good terms, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi will give a miss to Saturdays grand opposition rally in Kolkata organised by West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress President Mamata Banerjee. View More..

SP-BSP alliance 'selfish', people will reject: Dushyant Gautam

Posted On : Jan 15,2019,    6:30 pm
Kolkata, Jan 15 (IANS) Terming the alliance between the SP and the BSP in Uttar Pradesh as "selfish", BJP national Vice President Dushyant Kumar Gautam on Tuesday said the parties are doing injustice to their activists by bringing two ideologically different forces together. View More..

Grand Alliance in Bihar united, strong: Tejashwi

Posted On : Jan 15,2019,    4:18 pm
Patna, Jan 15 (IANS) Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday said that the opposition Grand Alliance in Bihar was united and strong and will soon announce its decision on seat sharing for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. View More..

Devotees take holy dip as Bihar celebrates Makar Sankranti

Posted On : Jan 15,2019,    12:28 pm
Patna, Jan 15 (IANS) Thousands of devotees in Bihar took a dip in the holy Ganga and other rivers on Tuesday to mark the annual harvest festival of Makar Sankranti. View More..

Tejashwi hints RJD may not dump Congress in Bihar for 2019

Posted On : Jan 14,2019,    3:16 pm
Lucknow Jan 14 (IANS) RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Monday indicated that his party may not dump the Congress in Bihar for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections even as he expressed confidence that the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh will wipe out the BJP and stop the saffron party from returning to power in Delhi. View More..

No traditional 'Makar Sankranti' feast at Lalu's residence

Posted On : Jan 12,2019,    3:28 pm
Patna, Jan 12 (IANS) The traditional 'Makar Sankranti' feast will not be held at RJD chief Lalu Prasad's residence this year as he was not granted bail in the fodder scam case and was undergoing treatment at a Ranchi hospital, a party official said on Saturday. View More..

10% quota to fetch electoral gains to NDA: Paswan

Posted On : Jan 10,2019,    9:00 pm
New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan on Thursday said the decision to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education to upper castes would help the NDA in the upcoming Lok Sabha election and that the opposition parties' objection to the Constitution Amendment Bill was just a pretence. View More..

Jharkhand High Court rejects Lalu's bail plea

Posted On : Jan 10,2019,    5:06 pm
Ranchi, Jan 10 (IANS) The Jharkhand High Court on Thursday rejected the bail plea of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad in a multi-million fodder scam case. View More..

NDA may fall 15 seats short of majority, says survey

Posted On : Jan 06,2019,    1:50 am
New Delhi, Jan 6 (IANS) The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance at the Centre may fall nearly 15 seats short of the magic mark of 272 in the 543-seat Lok Sabha, if elections are held now, says the India TV-CNX opinion poll. View More..

Jharkhand HC reserve order on Lalu's bail

Posted On : Jan 04,2019,    5:46 pm
Ranchi, Jan 4 (IANS) The Jharkhand High Court on Friday reserved its order on the bail plea of Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad after completion of aruguments. The court will now pass the order on January 11. View More..

Shatrughan Sinha keeps suspense on joining RJD

Posted On : Jan 03,2019,    1:28 pm
Mumbai, Jan 3 (IANS) Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, who has been critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah, is keeping the cards close to his chest about whether he would join the Rashtriya Janata Dal and contest the coming Lok Sabha elections on its ticket. View More..

RJD leader shot dead, boy killed in revenge

Posted On : Jan 02,2019,    3:12 pm
Patna, Jan 2 (IANS) A local Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader in Bihar was shot dead near his village by unidentified men, police said on Wednesday. View More..

Bihar Dy. CM's New Year vow is to ensure victory of NDA in all 40 LS seats

Posted On : Jan 01,2019,    8:28 pm
Patna, Jan 1 (IANS) Senior BJP leader and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday said his new year resolution is to ensure victory of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in all the 40 seats in the state in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. View More..

Bihar's business community demand better security

Posted On : Dec 31,2018,    4:22 pm
Patna, Dec 31 (IANS) The industrialists and businessmen in Bihar on Monday demanded security from the state government in view of the killing of several business persons in the state, officials said. View More..

The year when Modi's charisma appeared to wane (2018 In Retrospect)

Posted On : Dec 31,2018,    1:44 pm
New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling BJP face a tough challenge in the Lok Sabha elections in the coming summer in the wake of its defeat in the recent Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and mounting worries on the economic front. View More..

Another businessman shot dead in Bihar

Posted On : Dec 26,2018,    2:22 pm
Patna, Dec 26 (IANS) A businessman was shot dead in Bihar's Vaishali and another seriously injured in Araria, police said on Wednesday, with the attacks coming close on the heels of a spree of murders last week that still remain unsolved. View More..

Candle march against killing of businessman in Bihar

Posted On : Dec 24,2018,    7:10 pm
Patna, Dec 24 (IANS) Hundreds of businessmen and traders took out a candle march in Bihar's capital on Monday to protest the killing of a young businessman. Bihar Opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav also joined the march. View More..

LJP to contest 6 LS seats in Bihar

Posted On : Dec 23,2018,    3:04 pm
New Delhi, Dec 23 (IANS) The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) will contest six seats while the BJP and the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) will contest 17 seats each, in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Bihar under a seat-sharing formula, BJP President Amit Shah announced on Sunday. View More..

Rajiv Pratap Rudy appointed as BJP national spokesperson

Posted On : Dec 22,2018,    4:42 pm
New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) The BJP on Saturday appointed former Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy as the party's national spokesperson. View More..

PNB official, construction firm owner, property dealer killed in Bihar in 12 hrs

Posted On : Dec 22,2018,    3:32 pm
Patna, Dec 22 (IANS) At least three persons have been killed by unidentified gunmen over the past 12 hours in three different districts of Bihar, prompting a scathing attack by the opposition on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's governance. 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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