PATNA, Jan. 11 -- The rejection of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad's bail plea by the Jharkhand high court on Thursday has come as a big setback for the party as it prepares for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

The party, which was banking on Lalu's charisma, may have to recalibrate its strategy. It is also a blow to the grand alliance (GA) as it will be devoid of a star face.

To be sure, RJD insiders said the pressure on Lalu's younger son and opposition leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav would increase as he looks to keep its stocks high during the seat sharing talks with GA allies. The talks are scheduled to begin after January 15.

Tejashwi along with his mother Rabri Devi have to take charge as the party's biggest star campaigner...