This is the first election the JD-U has contested without a manifesto. However, its National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners -- the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) -- did release their manifestos.
The 'mahagathbandhan' in Bihar on Friday announced the seats to be contested by each of the alliance partners -- the RJD, Congress, RLSP, HAM and VIP -- in phases three to seven of the general elections.
Support for Banerjee from Opposition leaders poured in even as the CBI moved the Supreme Court accusing Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar of destroying evidence related to the case and him of indulging in contempt of court.
In states like Bihar where the electorate is heavily divided by caste, strategic alliances with little-known parties can make or break the dreams of bigger political players aiming for a piece of the cherry cake at the Centre
The prisoner-patient of fodder scam taint may be at his weakest today, but his boast that you can’t take Laloo out of Bihar still rings a tad true. The old warrior seems nowhere close to exiting 2019’s election chessboard.
It would be a mistake on part of his opponents to take Lalu Prasad's junior son Tejashwi Yadav lightly given the fact that he is widely acknowledged to be a true inheritor of his father’s legacy, tainted or otherwise.