Rashtriya Janata Dal formed in 1997 is an offshoot of the erstwhile Janata Dal. It is a regional party with strong presence in Bihar. Due to legacy issues it has some presence in Jharkhand as well. It’s leader Lalu Prasad Yadav is a product of Jai Prakash Narayan movement. His party was in power in state from 1990-2005. Lalu was Chief Minister from 1990-1997.  With his name figuring in fodder scam he made his wife Rabri Devi the CM. Lalu was Railway Minister in UPA I and branded as having turned around Indian Railways giving lecture even in Harvard.

He missed by a whisker to become Prime Minister of India when Janata Dal formed govt. at the center with support of Congress and Left Front. Fodder scam allegations plus opposition from Mulayam (another Yadav) defeated his dream. His support base is mostly Muslims and Yadavs.

In 2005 he lost assembly…

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