PATNA: The RJD led by Lalu Prasad has put up a poor show in the elections to four Council seats in Bihar, astounding the political pundits.
Of the four seats where elections were held, the RJD could win none whereas its alliance partner, the JD-U, retained one seat in Kosi while it was leading over its rival in Saran.
Likewise, the BJP was declared elected from Gaya Graduate Constituency whereas the RLSP of Union minister Upendra Kushwaha won from Gaya Teachers Constituency.
The RJD had fielded its candidates from both Teachers and Graduate Constituency in Gaya but fared badly, making the pundits ask if Prasad was slowly losing grip over his voters.
The outcome is a “danger signal” for the RJD given the fact that barely 15 months back, Prasad’s party had sprang surprise winning more seats than Nitish Kumar’s JD-U in 2015 assembly polls.
In the assembly elections, RJD had won 80 seats out of 101 it contested whereas the JD-U could clinch victory over 71 seats out of 101.
This is the second consecutive setback for RJD president. Only this weekend, the SP headed by Prasad’s “Samadhi” (father-in-law of Prasad’s daughter) Mulayam Singh Yadav was routed in UP assembly elections.
The SP-Congress alliance could win less than 60 seats as the BJP alliance made a clean sweep, winning 325 seats in 403-member UP assembly.