Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Analysis: The BJP-led NDA outclassed the RJD-Congress combination in Bihar and Jharkhand. Laloo Prasad Yadav's party drawing a blank strongly indicated caste politics was no more the sole gamechanger
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
With neither BJP-led NDA nor the Congress-led UPA sure of forming the government, a fractured verdict on May 23 will bring regional parties into focus. The possibilities are manifold with every party expected to extract their pound of flesh
The Rashtriya Jana Dal (RJD) faced a complete rout in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, while Lalu Prasad was imprisoned at the Birsa Munda Central Jail. He has not kept well and had also been undergoing treatment at a hospital in Ranchi.
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 CBI on Tuesday opposed in the Supreme Court the bail plea of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is serving jail term in connection with fodder scam cases, saying he is likely to indulge in political activities ahead of Lok Sabha polls.