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LJP chief Chirag Paswan left alone at the top as 5 MP’s breakaway

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Lok Janshakti Party’s chief Chirag Paswan has been left isolated at the top with five party MP’s writing to the Lok Sabha Speaker requesting to be treated as a separate group. Notably, the party has six MPs in the Lok Sabha including Chirag Paswan.

The revolt against Chirag Paswan, who became the party’s chief after the death of his father Ram Vilas Paswan, was led by his uncle Pasupati Kumar Paras. The younger brother of Ram Vilas Paswan, Paras, was not on talking terms with Chirag and political observers say that the split was inevitable.

Nitish Kumar’s role

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has promised Paras, a first-time MP from Hajipur, a berth in the Union cabinet, which sealed the deal, according to media reports. Kumar was also working on the rest of the LJP MPs through a party leader close to the Paswans—Maheshwar Hazari and Lalan Singh. Reports also suggest that the LJP rebels including Chirag Paswan’s cousin Prince Raj, Chandan Singh, Veena Devi and Mehboob Ali Kaiser may support Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) in the coming days.

Chirag Paswan messed up ties with the BJP and JD(U) by deciding to fight alone in the Bihar Assembly polls. He opened a warfront against Nitish Kumar alleging corruption and a host of other issues. His relentless attacks were seen as a major factor behind the dismal performance of JD(U) in the polls that gave BJP an upper hand in the alliance.

What rebel leaders said

Pasupati Kumar Paras said, “There are six MPs in our party. It was the desire of five MPs to save our party. So I have not split the party, I have saved it. Chirag Paswan is my nephew as well as party’s national president. I have no objections to him.”

“I am with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Nitish Kumar is a good leader and Vikas Purush (development man),” he added.

 

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