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In Patliputra LS constituency, the thrice-unfortunate Lalu family is trying to break the curse

Patna: The RJD is trying to break the curse in Bihar’s Pataliputra Lok Sabha constituency, covering the rural areas around the capital, where the party’s proverbial first family has failed to win it since the seat was formed .

The constituency came into being after the 2008 delimitation and in Lok Sabha polls a year later, RJD’s founding president Lalu Prasad opted to enter the fray himself but suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Ranjan Yadav, a former close aide who rebelled had come. and contested as a candidate of JD(U) led by arch-rival and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Yadav could not retain the seat five years later when it was the turn of yet another aide-turned-opponent, Ram Kripal Yadav, to inflict a defeat on the RJD supremo’s family.

Ram Kripal Yadav joined the BJP ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and rode the “Modi wave” to defeat Misa Bharti, Prasad’s eldest daughter, who was making her debut.

Bharti made another attempt to win the seat from her father’s party in 2019, but Ram Kripal Yadav stormed home, riding the strong wave of nationalism that swept the state in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.

The family appears to have hardened its resolve after three consecutive defeats, all by margins of around 40,000 votes or less.

Bharti, despite enjoying a second consecutive term in the Rajya Sabha, finds himself in the heat and dust of direct elections, like the legendary King Bruce who was inspired by a spider.

Convinced of a hat-trick, Ram Kripal Yadav says, “I am a son of the soil. Every voter will vouch for the fact that I am always available to them in times of need. Add to this the popularity of the Modi government at the Center and the performance of the NDA in the state. Draw a contrast with rivals whose candidate is only seen at the polls.”

Bharti’s inability to keep in touch with the people of Patliputra, the name derived from the old seat of power, is indeed a thorn in the side of her party.

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