When Lalu Prasad Yadav's was convicted by special CBI court in the Fodder scam it seemed this man was now a history in Bihar's politics. His political future was further ruined when he was arrested and lodged in Ranchi's Birsa Munda central jail in 2013 and was subsequently barred from contesting election for 6 years.
At the time of Lalu's arrest his relation with Janta Dal United (JDU) leader Nitesh Kumar was very nasty and nobody could even think that the arch rivals may come close once again.
But in politics everything is possible, just few months before Lalu's arrest in June 2013, Nitesh Kumar had broken his ties with NDA when Narenda Modi was appointed as campaign in-charge for 2014 Lok Sabha elections. With the passage of time things settled and Nitesh Kumar got support from Lalu's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) which had only 24 MLAs in 243 member house. This decision helped both of them and the idea of Mahagadbandhan (Grand Alliance) was created on March 11th 2015 when RJD's 24 legislators, plus 5 MLAs of Congress, one from CPI, and one independent MLA supported Nitesh Kumar to win the trust vote in Bihar Assembly.
How Mahagadbandhan won ?
PM Narendra Modi has already been exposed for his pro corporate policies and this I have witnessed myself when I happened to attend some farmers conferences in Maharashtra, Delhi, UP earlier this year. I met several top level leaders of farmers from UP, Punjab, Chattisgarh, Bihar, MP and all of them were damn against Modi for his anti farmer policies. Most of the farme leaders I met had helped BJP win their respective areas during 2014 Lok Sabha elections. When the BJP lead NDA Government tried to make unnecessary amendments in the Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act (LARR) enacted by the Congress led UPA, the farmer community became worst enemies of BJP. Pertinently BJP wanted to scrap the provision in LARR Act wherein permission is sought from farmers before their land is acquired by corporate or Government companies. If the land bill is passed it would directly benefit the corporates, and land would be even forcibly taken away from farmers. The said amendment bill is in a state of suspended animation as of now. This issue was highlighted by Mahagadbandhan leaders in every nook and corner of Bihar. More so the BJP led NDA had no Chief Ministerial face in Bihar, while as Nitesh Kumar was the prominent face of Grand Alliance. Nitesh Kumar's good track record also helped him and Lalu mustering backward / Yadav votes. Jetan Ram Manjihi, ex CM, a veteran politician who has been MLA right from 1980 and a backward cast leader could not play his Maha-dalit card, and there was no vote shift from dalits in Bihar. Manjihi's Hindustani Awami Morcha (HAM) faced a complete debacle in the elections. Manjihi lost his Makhdumopur seat and he could win from Imam Ganj with a narrow margin.
Today Lalu Yadav has got a sigh of relief not because his party RJD won such a large number of seats in Bihar but the magnificent victory of his sons Tejaswi and Tejpratap has given Lalu a new life. It is actually Lalu's victory in Bihar as he had virtually lost all hopes especially after the defeat of his daughter Misa Bharti in 2014 lok sabha polls.