Chirag Paswan’s uncle and Hajipur MP Pashupati Nath Paras has been unanimously elected as the leader of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) in the Lok Sabha, ANI reported. The move comes as a major setback to the Chirag Paswan-led LJP as five of the six Lok Sabha MPs of the party revolted against Chirag and have written to the speaker to be treated as a separate group.
Pashupati Kumar Paras, who is believed to be behind the rebellion, said that it was the desire of 5 MPs to remove Chirag Paswan as the leader of the lower House.
“There are 6 MPs in our party. It was the desire of 5 MPs to save our party. So, I’ve not broken the party, I’ve saved it. Chirag Paswan is my nephew as well as party’s national president. I have no objection against him,” Pashupati Kumar Paras said.
“5 MPs have submitted letter to the Speaker, we will go and meet him as and when he orders,” the Hajipur MP said. Paras is upset with his nephew and it is believed that he has been in touch with a JD(U) Lok Sabha MP.
The majority of Lok Sabha MPs in Chirag’s own party intend to replace him with Hajipur MP Pashupati Kumar Paras as the new leader of the LJP in Lok Sabha. To this end, the LJP MPs have already met Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla and handed him a letter regarding these new developments.
“LJP MPs met Lok Speaker Om Birla on Sunday and handed over a letter to him about new developments in the party. They request him to consider Pashupati Kumar Paras as new leader of the LJP in Lok Sabha,” ANI reported earlier today, citing its sources.
Chirag Paswan, the son of late party supremo Ram Vilas Paswan, had been having a tumultuous time managing the party ever since his father’s death one year ago.
In February this year, more than 200 leaders of LJP joined the Janata Dal United (JDU) in Bihar. JD(U) national president RCP Singh announced at a press conference the induction of 208 leaders from the LJP.
Most notable among the turncoats was former state general secretary Keshav Singh who had been in revolt against Chirag Paswan and had been predicting the party’s collapse for some time.
After joining the JD(U), Keshav Singh lashed out at LJP chief Chirag Paswan claiming that he was running the party like a corporate house after the demise of his father Ram Vilas Paswan.
Keshav Singh also accused Chirag Paswan of corruption, saying that he was running several private entities, both in India and abroad.
“Chirag is the owner of eight private companies which has properties in the country and also abroad. Soon, I will make revelations on how Chirag has invested money earned through corruption in his companies in an attempt to make his black money white,” said Keshav Singh.
Keshav Singh further said Chirag Paswan will be soon behind the bars on charges of corruption.