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NDA ‘kidnapped’ people’s mandate in Bihar, says RJD after party’s review meet

The review meeting was held at the residence Rabri Devi

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PATNA: The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) headed by Lalu Praasd has refused to accept the Lok Sabha polls defeat at the hands of the NDA in Bihar. Rather, it has alleged “the mandate was kidnapped”.

The RJD made these sensational allegations at a review meeting of the party held at the residence of former chief minister Rabri Devi on Tuesday evening. All the RJD candidates attended the meeting.

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“The only reason behind RJD defeat is NDA conspiracy. The NDA has kidnapped the people’s mandate,” RJD leaders Ram Chandra Purve and Alok Mehta told the media after the meeting.

“We don’t accept it as our defeat, it is a conspiracy,” claimed senior RJD leader Jagadanand Singh.

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“We saw thin presence in election rallies of the NDA leaders, noticed worries on their faces all through the poll campaign, also enthusiasm was totally missing in the NDA camp. In such a situation, this election result can’t be called the people’s mandate,” Singh asserted.

At the meeting, the RJD also formed a three-member committee headed by Singh to inquire into RJD’s poll defeat. The other two members include Abdul Bari Siddiqui and Alok Mehta. The committee will submit its report within a fortnight.

The RJD-led Grand Alliance which comprised six parties was able to win only one seat out of total 40 it had contested.

Except for the Congress which won one seat, no other partners of the Grand Alliance was able to even open its account in the elections.

The worst setback came for the RJD which couldn’t win even a single seat this time. This was the first time in 22 years since its formation in 1997 that the RJD won’t have any member to represent in the Lok Sabha.

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