10 Apr 2024

Lok Sabha elections-2024: RJD's 22 LS Candidates in Bihar Include Lalu Prasad's Daughters; These Are Other Key Candidates

In the lineup of candidates unveiled by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections-2024, notable inclusions are Lalu Prasad's daughters, Rohini Acharya and Misa Bharti, who will be contesting from the Saran and Pataliputra Lok Sabha seats, respectively.

Rohini Acharya had commenced her campaign with a road show even before an official announcement from the RJD. She will be challenging sitting BJP MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy in Saran. Meanwhile, Misa Bharti will be facing off against her father's former aide, Ram Kirpal Yadav, who defected from the RJD to join the BJP in 2014.

Munna Shukla to Contest from Vaishali 

Additionally, the RJD has nominated Vijay Kumar Shukla, also known as Munna Shukla, a former gangster who ventured into politics, to contest from the Vaishali seat. Shukla recently stirred controversy with casteist remarks after seeking the party symbol from Vaishali during a meeting with RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. However, he later apologized, expressing respect for the Ravidas community and retracting his remarks.

Despite previous unsuccessful attempts as an independent candidate in 2004 and representing JD(U) in 2009, Shukla remains determined to secure victory from Vaishali. Notably, Shukla has had a controversial past, being implicated in the murder case of IAS officer G Krishnaiah in 1994, although he was acquitted due to lack of evidence. His influence once stretched across the Muzaffarpur-Vaishali belt of north Bihar. Furthermore, Shukla has been convicted in the murder case of former minister Brij Bihari.

Other key candidates

Other key candidates announced by the RJD include Alok Mehta, Sudhakar Singh, and Lalit Yadav, former ministers in the previous Grand Alliance government in Bihar, who will be contesting from Ujiyarpur, Buxar, and Darbhanga Lok Sabha seats, respectively.

Notable additions to the RJD's lineup are Bima Bharti, who recently switched allegiance from JD-U to RJD, fielded from Purnea, a constituency contested by Pappu Yadav, now an independent candidate after merging his party with Congress.

The RJD's distribution of tickets reflects a diverse representation, with a maximum of eight tickets allotted to Yadavs, followed by three for the Kushwaha community (OBC), two for the Extremely Backward Classes (EBCs), three for Scheduled Castes, one for Dhanuk (OBC), two for the Muslim community, and one for the Vaishya community.

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