Bihar Elections: Did The NDA’s Incessant Jungle Raj Jibe Destroy RJD?

Despite Tejashwi Yadav’s new vision of Bihar presented through his powerful and jampacked rallies, did the NDA’s continuous jungle raj jibe pull him down eventually?

Raghav N

November 11, 2020

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The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) stellar performance in the Bihar legislative polls assured another term for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the state. While BJP won 72 seats out of the 110 it contested, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United), despite being a homegrown outfit, scored only 42 out of 115 seats.

The most striking take-away from this entire polling experience is however, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) emerging as the single-largest leading party. Bagging 75 seats under the feisty leadership of its chief ministerial candidate, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, the opposition leader was just short of forming a government.

Tejashwi’s agenda of a New Bihar with an upgraded education system, creating of more jobs and the overall development of the state resounded well with the public. While some cite that the Congress party pulled down the RJD in its closest chance to come to office, there is also a looming belief that the BJP’s incessant criticism of the Lalu Prasad Yadav-Jungle Raj regime spoilt chances for the young politician.

Despite his powerful oratory and his choice of topic of economic justice rather than social justice and caste politics, the NDA continued to remind the voters of the RJD’s rule under Lalu, which was marred with hooliganism, crime and violence.

The former deputy chief minister’s direct criticism of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar catapulted him to a level where he was seen as a leader who can take on political bigwigs. However, the baggage of his father’s rule clearly stopped Tejashwi from reaching the finishing line in the polls.

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