Yajeeji was member of Rajya Sabha from 1955 to 1972. After his term over in 1964, fresh election was to take place. There were eight vacancies from Bihar Legislative Assembly. On the request of the Congress Party, Yajeeji alongwith five other Congress candidates, contested the election from Bihar. The Congress was then in power and the MLAs were voters.
Mr. Rajendra Prasad Jain, a close relative of Shri Shanti Prasad Jain ( Dalmia Group) jumped into the electoral fray without any political background. He was not fielded by any party and was not even a permanent resident of Bihar. He became a voter and contested.
At the time, Mr. K.B.Sahay was the Chief Minister of Bihar. A three-line whip was issued by him directing all Congress MLAs to vote for the Congress candidates. The Chief Whip decided the votes of all Congress MLAs in such a way that all the votes of all Congress candidates may secure more than the number required to get elected.
Shri Yajee, being very honest and important candidate, was sure to be elected by party votes allotted in his favour. No one was in doubt about his success.
By the advent of Mr. Jain, a capitalist in the field, other Congress candidates became very cautions, but Yajeeji had no doubt about the votes, who were all Congress MLAs. He believed in notion of ‘fair play’ therefore he had not found any need to be cautions.
At the end of counting, it was found that Mr. Jain has received majority of votes and was declared elected. Yajeeji was betrayed and defeated. This defeat was completely unexpected for Yajeeji, who was strong believer of moral politics. It was not Yajeeji’s defeat but its defeat of morality in polity.