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Rashtriya Janata Dal

The Rashtriya Janata Dal is a political party in India. The party is based in Bihar. 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 ($250 million) over the farm support funds. The mass base of the party has traditionally been Yadavs and Muslims, two large and relatively politically active segments of Bihar's population. In 2008, RJD received the status of recognized national level party following its performance in north-eastern states. RJD was derecognised as a national party on 30 July 2010.

As of February 2014, RJD has 22 MLAs in the Bihar Assembly.


As many as 13 of the Rashtriya Janata Dal have submitted resignations to the speaker of the Assembly. RJD has 22 MLAs in the assembly. The rebel MLAs are likely to join Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United). Feb 24, 2014

Lalu Yadav offered 11 of Lok Sabha seats in Bihar to Congress and one seat to Nationalist Congress Party, while his party RJD will contest in 28 seats in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The seat sharing is not formalized yet. Feb 28, 2014

Prominent Leaders of RJD

  • Founder and President: Lalu Prasad Yadav
  • Rabri Devi, former Chief Minister of Bihar
  • RJD legislature party leader: Abdul Bari Siddiqui

Rashtriya Janata Dal in News

Nitish Kumar will head Bihar for the third term
Nitish will head Bihar for the third term

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Prez poll: Pranab to start his campaign from Saturday
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Pranab Mukherjee files nomination for presidential poll
United Progressive Alliance (UPA) nominee Pranab Mukherjee filed his nomination papers for the 2012 presidential election here on Thursday.

Mukherjee seeks support for Prez poll
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who is the UPA's presidential candidate, on Saturday made an earnest appeal to the leaders of various political parties to back his candidature in the race for Raisina Hill.

Khurshid, Lalu give mixed reactions to remark made by Bihar CM Nitish
Senior politicians Salman Khurshid and Lalu Prasad Yadav gave a mixed response to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's demand that the prime ministerial candidate in the 2014 general elections must be a secular person.

'Who is secular in NDA?' asks Lalu Yadav to Nitish
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Tuesday took potshots at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over his recent statement in which he asked his alliance partner, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), to name a prime ministerial candidate with secular credentials.

Support for Pranab as President gathers steam
Lawmaker and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav on Saturday said that all political parties should unanimously elect Pranab Mukherjee as the next president of the country.

BJP will stand with all voices against corruption: Shahnawaz Hussain
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Syed Shahnawaz Hussain on Wednesday said there is no question of somebody getting closer or far, and added that every single individual having a love for his country is now worried over the prevailing conditions.

Now, NCP chief Sharad Pawar greets Baba Ramdev with a hug
After meeting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari, yoga guru Baba Ramdev met key UPA ally and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar here last night.

Lalu demands CBI probe into Ranvir Sena chief's killing
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on Tuesday called for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the killing of Ranvir Sena chief Brahmeshwar Singh alias 'Mukhiya'.

Ranvir Sena chief killing: Nitish asks people to maintain calm
With Bihar on high alert following the killing of Ranvir Sena chief Brahmeshwar Singh alias 'Mukhiya', Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday appealed to natives of the state to maintain calm, and assured that the guilty would be punished.

Left, allies pull up UPA II over petrol price hike
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury has questioned government's move to hike the price of petrol, and alleged that one of the direct beneficiaries of this steep increase would be the government itself.

'Arrogant' Nitish dreaming of becoming PM, charges Lalu
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Wednesday described Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as a very arrogant person who was dreaming of becoming prime minister one day.

Ruckus over Lokpal Bill forces Rajya Sabha adjournment
Proceedings in the Rajya Sabha were adjourned late on Monday evening after the opposition questioned the government's intention to send the Lokpal Bill to the Select Committee.

Lalu for consensus on presidential candidate
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has said the President's post is a sensitive one, and added that the top Constitutional post should go to a candidate who is acceptable to all political parties.

CBI raids houses of 15 Jharkhand legislators
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday raided residences of at least 15 Jharkhand legislators here, to probe allegations of horse-trading and corruption in the recent Rajya Sabha elections.

Lalu backs SRK over Wankhede brawl
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Thursday backed Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan over reports that the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is considering imposing a ban on him from the Wankhede Stadium, saying the media is not aware of the Bollywood actor's version of the matter.

Lalu, Mulayam condemn attack on Anna's convoy in Nagpur (Update)
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Wednesday condemned the attack on veteran social activist Anna Hazare's convoy in Nagpur.

Oratory, peeves, resolution to uphold dignity dominate 60th anniversary of first Parliament session
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Lalu takes potshots at MCA over SRK's Wankhede ban
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Friday once again backed Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan, saying the latest developments related to the Wankhede Stadium brawl is an attempt on the part of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to insult the Bollywood actor.

Lalu Yadav opposes inclusion of PM under Lokpal ambit
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Saturday reiterated his demand for the exclusion of the Prime Minister from the ambit of the Lokpal Bill.

Rahul slams BJP for obstructing Lokpal Bill
During his election tour of Uttar Pradesh, Congress General Secretary, Rahul Gandhi blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for' intentionally blocking ' the passage of a strong and efficient ombudsman bill in the Parliament.

RJD MP justifies himself, says tore Bill spontaneously
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) lawmaker Rajniti Prasad on Friday justified his actions of tearing the Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha, and said that he was not provoked by anybody.

Narayanasamy accuses BJP for failure of Lokpal Bill
The Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, V. Narayanasamy, today blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the failure of the passage of the anti-graft bill.

Venkaiah Naidu says Rajya Sabha adjournment was 'midnight murder' of democracy
After the Rajya Sabha session ended sine die without a vote on the Lokpal Bill, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Venkaiah Naidu has termed the whole event as the midnight murder of democracy.

Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die, Lokpal Bill not passed
A day after the government faced embarrassment in Lok Sabha following the defeat of Constitution (116th Amendment) Bill on the Lokpal, the Congress-led UPA Government today faced another debacle when the Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die amidst chaos.

RJD MP Rajniti Prasad tears papers in House during Lokpal debate
There was an uproar in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday as Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) lawmaker Rajniti Prasad expressing disappointment with the government's version of the Lokpal tore the anti-graft bill in the House.

Government of India in damage control mode, talks to allies
With West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee's amendments gradually garnering support from other regional parties, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee met Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party (BJP) leader Satish Chandra Mishra to find a way out.

'We want to form an All-India Anna Health Committee', says Lalu
Asserting that the government should send back the Lokpal Bill draft back to the Standing Committee for reconsideration, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Tuesday ridiculously called for the formation of an All-India Committee to monitor veteran social activist Anna Hazare's health.

Team Anna claims permission to fast at Jantar Mantar
With the Bombay High Court disapproving the agitation of the members of India Against Corruption, Kumar Vishwas, a close aide of veteran social activist Anna Hazare, today claimed that they have been granted permission for the demonstration at Delhi's Jantar Mantar.

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