RJD Leaders Say Election was Rigged; will Launch a Probe

RJD to carry out a probe in the 'rigging' of the Lok Sabha polls in Bihar.

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Patna: In what was supposed to be an exercise in self-analysis to find the cause of the party's biggest drubbing in its history of nearly a quarter-century, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), instead of doing the promised introspection, wasted no time in declaring the 2019 Lok Sabha election was flat-out rigged and part of a larger conspiracy by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

"Going by the unprecedented poll results, it is clear that this election was rigged from the get-go. You could see the tension on the face of NDA candidates whose public rallies consisted of empty chairs and barely any crowd. We all saw it with our own eyes everywhere. So, under these conditions, how can they take 39 out of 40 seats and beat their rivals by margins of several lakh votes?" Congress leader Jagadanand Singh said.

The nearly three-hour-long meeting was held at the 10 Circular Road residence of RJD leader and former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi in the presence of her two sons Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejaswi Yadav; daughter Misa Bharti, Ramchandra Purvey, Chandrika Rai, Abdul Bari Siddiqui, Jagadanand Singh, and other Grand Alliance leaders.

Rubbishing the claim that the poll result was the mandate of the people of Bihar, Jagadanand Singh said that the poll was rigged at the highest level and non-NDA candidates had no chance to score a win at any seat in the state.

To get to the bottom of the conspiracy, the RJD has formed an ad hoc committee to be led by Jagadanand Singh and aided by Siddiqui and Alok Kumar Mehta.

The RJD leaders, however, inadvertently admitted that the investigation was merely a 'show' and the finding of the probe was already being written before the probe could even officially be launched.

"We will try to find out how the NDA pulled this off and with whose help. Who was part of this huge conspiracy against the democracy and what tools were used to rig the election? The mandate was clearly in our favor so how did the poll results turned went against us? The committee will submit its report within a week," Purvey said.

The RJD leaders also took turn to pose their faith in the leadership of Tejaswi Yadav saying it was his hard work that caused enthusiasm among the youths like never seen before in Bihar.

They also expressed their trust in RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav saying he would continue to guide them no matter where he was living.

As noted, Lalu Prasad Yadav, for the first time in his long political career, failed to hit the campaign trail on account of his incarceration in a Ranchi jail in connection with multi-crore rupees fodder scam in Bihar during his regime in the '90s.

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