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|February 14, 1998||
BJP power to reckon with in Laloo land
Laloo Prasad Yadav's stranglehold over Bihar shows signs of loosening.
The Janata Dal won no more than 22 of the 54 seats, drawing a blank in the Chhotanagpur belt, during the 1996 general election. The Bharatiya Janata Party swept this region and made handsome gains even in north Bihar to win 18 seats. The BJP's ally, the Samata Party, won six seats.
In the last three elections, contested over a span of eight years, the Congress could muster a combined tally of only seven out of 162 seats. On the other hand, the Janata Dal, although now on a decline, captured 86 seats. During the same period the BJP claimed 31 constituencies.
Details of Lok Sabha results in Bihar:
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