The administration’s strong and largely corruption-free performance in its first term was among the reasons why the JD(U) had an even better showing in the 2010 assembly elections, in which it won 115 seats. It formed another coalition government, with Nitish Kumar returning as chief minister.

The party also performed well in the 2009 elections to the Lok Sabha (lower chamber of the Indian parliament), in which 20 of its candidates won seats.

Bihar remained the JD(U)’s stronghold, although the party also had some electoral success in neighbouring Jharkhand.



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