RJD lost power after the elections in 2005, when a Nitish Kumar-led coalition NDA government wrested power from Rabri Devi, who had been chief minister of the state for XX years. The RJD is also a constituent of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA)led by the Congress at the Centre.
Following the performance of the RJD in the last few elections, the Election Commission has now accorded it the status of a recognized national level party in 2008. RJD recently came into the headlines for its allegedly clandestine seat-sharing deal with Ram Vilas Paswans Lok Jana Shakti Party, leaving just three seats for the Congress. According to sources, the alliance between Congress and RJD is over now. The party will combine with Lok Janata Party leaving only three seats for the Congress. Now, with the Congress declaring its intentions to contest 37 seats in Bihar, RJDs marriage with the Congress in the UPA seems to be hanging a question mark.
|List of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)candidates for Lok Sabha Election 2009|
|S.No||State Name||Constituency Name||Candidate Name|
|1||Bihar||Khagaria||Rabindra Kumar Rana|
|3||Bihar||Valmiki Nagar||Raghunath Jha|
|4||Bihar||Jhanjharpur||Devendra Prasad Yadav|
|5||Bihar||Ujiarpur||Alok Kumar Mehta|
|10||Bihar||Jahanabad||Surendra Prasad Yadav|
|12||Bihar||Munger||Ram Badan Rai|
|16||Bihar||Vaishali||Dr Raghuvansh Prasad Singh|
|17||Bihar||Banka||Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav|
|18||Bihar||Aurangabad||Shakeel Ahmed Khan|
|19||Bihar||Darbhanga||Mohd Ali Ashraf Fatmi|
|21||Bihar||Madhubani||Abdul Bari Siddiqui|
|23||Bihar||Purvi Champaran||Akhilesh Prasad Singh|