Ram Kripal Yadav quit RJD and joined BJP when he was denied a ticket in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. He ended up defeating Misa Bharti from Pataliputra. Yadav would be hoping for a repeat of the result this time around as well. Yadav will garner the upper caste votes in the seat, along with votes transferred from BJP ally JDU. However, the sizable Yadav community is likely to vote for Bharti, which makes the seat a hotly contested one.