Holding the divisions within the old Janta Dal as a key reason for BJP's rise in Lok Sabha polls, JD(U) on Wednesday said the 4-6 defeat of BJP at the hands of RJD-JD(U)-Congress alliance in Bihar is a "message for the country".
With explanations like the missing Modi factor or local conditions unable to fully explain BJP`s by-election losses in light of its recent overwhelming win nationally, the phenomenon of inflation, especially of food prices hurting people everywhere, has emerged as a possible answer to this poll puzzle.
Buoyed after the Bihar by-poll results, Janata Dal (United) leader Ali Anwar on Tuesday said that they would like to include the Left parties in the current RJD- JD (U)-Congress alliance to strengthen it further.
Union Minister and Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) leader Upendra Kushwaha on Sunday took on Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar, saying that both of them were trying to "mislead the country in the name of Mandal politics."
Voting is underway in Bihar on Thursday for bypolls to 10 Assembly seats. As per reports, there has been low turnout so far with Election Commission officials recording only 27.89 percent polling till 1:00 pm.
Bypolls to 10 Assembly seats in Bihar on Thursday will establish whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s magic is still working in the state or that of Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar, who have claimed a winning formula in allying.
A senior JD(U) leader on Tuesday launched a scathing attack at former Chief Minister Nitish Kumar asking him to quit politics over RJD president Lalu Prasad`s remarks that Kumar had fallen on his feet for forging alliance.
With the BJP accusing JD(U) of a return to "jungle raj" by joining hands with RJD, Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi Tuesday came in defence of Lalu Prasad and said "everybody corrects mistakes with time."
Four more districts including Belchi in Nalanda, the ancestral village of ex-Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, were under the grip of flood which has affected 5.8 lakh people in 13 districts of Bihar, officials said on Monday.
Stung by Lalu Prasad`s snide remarks describing him as a `weather man`, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Sunday hit back at the RJD supremo asking him to explain his alliance with his bitter foe-turned-friend Nitish Kumar.
RJD chief Lalu Yadav and JD(U) supremo Nitish Kumar, coming together after a gap of two decades to contest elections in Bihar jointly, holding a second rally in Chhapra on Sunday took a dig at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) saying that they have allied to fight against the `rumour spreading society`.