The rebel group, led by Chirag Paswan’s uncle Pasupati Kumar Paras, ousted him from the national president’s post in an“emergency meeting” of the party. After the announcement, he retaliated by “expelling” uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras and four other MPs who rebelled against him.
The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) is now officially divided into two factions. The rebel faction plans to return to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Bihar.
The rebels said that Paswan was expelled from the post of national chief of LJP because he held three posts; the faction followed the principle that one man should hold only one post. The intentions of the rebels however suggest that they want to strip him from every position he has held after his father’s demise.
Ram Vilas Paswan, father of Chirag Paswan was the former Union Minister who formed his own party (LJP) in November 2000. Chirag entered Lok Sabha from the Jamui constituency. Chirag was made the chairman of the parliamentary party, which clearly suggested succession and inheritance of Ram Vilas Paswan’s political legacy.
There are only 6 MPs at the party. Five out of six MPs rebelled against Paswan. These five MPs are Pashupati Kumar Paras, Prince Raj, Chandan Singh, Veena Devi, and Mehboob Ali. Paras said that Chirag Paswan is his nephew as well as the party’s national president. He has no objection to him. He said that the four MPs desired to remove Paswan from the post and he had only saved the party.
Surajbhan Singh is made the national working president after Chirag was removed from the post. The new LJP leader is also authorized to organize a meeting of the party’s national council within five days to elect its new national president.
The BJP is quiet over Chirag’s crisis. Sanjay Jaiswal, Bihar BJP president said that the crisis is an internal matter of LJP.