Arun Jee, currently principal at a noted private school in Punjab, and a junior of Lalu's during the RJD chief's Patna University days in 1970s, says, "When I saw the results on television, I felt happy, not for any particular party, but for Bihar."

The resounding victory of the grand alliance has also signified the return of this native as kingmaker on the Bihar arena after being pushed to political margins by recent state Assembly and Parliamentary elections. Several took to social media to claim though that it will lead to "return of Jungle Raj".

71-year-old Jyoti Kumar Sinha from Patna, a former RAW officer, was in Paris when he had heard the news of Lalu's ascension to the helm of the state in 1990, and greeted it with great enthusiasm. But over time, he has grown disenchanted with the leader.

While Sinha agrees that Lalu did bring a 'sense of empowerment', he alleged that "he squandered a great opportunity to become a statesman, and instead became like any other run-of-the-mill politician".

The former chief minister of Bihar has often been pilloried by the press for his unique style of speaking, with many TV show hosts mimicking his diction.

Lalu used his trademark rustic style of speaking back in his student politics days too, which eventually became his USP.

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