Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) is a political party in India. The party was founded in 1997 by Laloo 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 over the farm support funds.In 2008, RJD received the status of recognized national level party following its performance in north-eastern states.

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-BJP 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.

It held power in the Indian state of Bihar, under the Chief Ministers Laloo Yadav and then Rabri Devi, who is also Laloo’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 party won 21 Lok Sabha seats in the 2004 elections that it fought in alliance with Congress.The RJD is also a member of India’s governing coalition (UPA) led by the Congress Party.

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