Modi wipes off Lalu's name from Bihar, RJD gets a big zero

New Delhi, May 23: In a shocking development, Lalu Prasad Yadav's RJD has failed to win a single seat in Bihar in the wake of modi wave that swpet across the Hindi heartland.

This is a major setback for a party that had once won 24 seats on its own.

It's a really very big victory for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) comprising of BJP, JD(U) and LJP in Bihar.

The BJP has won its all 17 seats that was allotted to the saffron party in the seat-sharing deal with JD(U) and LJP.

Similarly, LJP, which is led by Ramvilas Paswan, has also won its all 6 seats, while JD (U) has won 16 seats out of the total 17 seats making the total winning tally to 39.

However, Congress has somehow managed to win only one seat -- Kishanganj.

The unprecedented victory of NDA in Bihar has brought a huge setback for the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) as Lalu Prasad Yadav-led party, that had once won 24 seats alone, has not even opened its account in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

The result is also a clear signal that the strategy to unite all opposition parties under Mahagadbandhan umbrella was a super flop idea as none of the Grand Alliance partners translated their vote share and lost most of the seats with a margin of over one lakh and more.

As per the experts, despite being a key ally of Grand Alliance, the RJD was contesting alone.

"The absence of Lalu Prasad from electioneering went in favour of NDA. The strategy of RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav to lead the campaign show didn't work in its favour," the experts said, adding that during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, when there was a visible Modi wave, Lalu Prasad used to address political rallies along with known faces of the party such as Abdul Bari Siddiqui, Sadanand Singh, etc and had won four seats.

The BJP has won most of the seats with over 2 lakh margin, while the winning the margin at key seats such as Patna Sahib, Begusarai, Madhepura, Purvi Champaran is of over 2 lakh.

Union Minister Giriraj Singh has won Begusarai seat with a margin of over 4 lakh votes by defeating Kanhaiya Kumar of CPI.

The RJD's nominee Tanweer Hassan secured just 1,98,233 votes and stood at third position. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has won Patna Sahib Lok Sabha seat for BJP by defeating BJP's rebel and Congress candidate Shatrughan Sinha with a margin of about 3 lakh votes.

Similarly, another Union Minister Ram Kripal Yadav has retained the Pataliputra seat by defeating RJD leader and Lalu Prasad's daughter Misha Bharti with the margin of over 40,000. Also, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh has retained the Purvi Champaran seat by defeating youngest candidate Aakash Kumar Singh with a margin of about 3 lakh votes.

Union Minister RK Singh has won Arrah seat with a margin of about 1.5 lakh votes. The state BJP unit chief Nityanand Rai has also retained Ujiarpur seat with by defeating RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha with a margin of about 3 lakh votes.

Kushwaha has faced a defeat from Karakat seat with a margin of over 80,000 votes. Another important seat Saran (Chapra) has been retained by former Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy (BJP) by defeating RJD leader and Tej Pratap Yadav's father-in-law Chandrika Roy with a margin of over 1.30 lakh votes.

The Araria seat has been won by Pradeep Kumar Singh (BJP), Sushil Kumar Singh (BJP) has retained Aurangabad seat, Giridhari Yadav (JDU) has won Banka seat, Ajay Kumar Mandal (JDU) has won Bhagalpur seat, Ashwini Kumar Choubey (BJP) registered his victory on Buxar seat, etc.

In a photo-finish fight between RJD leader Surendra Yadav and JD(U) leader Chandeshwar Prasad, the Jahanabad seat won by the JD(U) leader with a margin of over 1,000 votes.

Agencies

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