Today, amid the ongoing tussle between the factions led by Chirag Paswan and Pashupati Paras, the Election Commission decided to freeze the symbol of the Lok Janshakti Party. The step comes ahead of the bypoll of Tarapur in Munger and Kusheshwarsthan in Darbhanga which is scheduled for October 30.
A few days back, Chirag had drafted a letter to the ECI to reject the claim of his estranged uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras to be LJP’s president after the latter rebelled and claimed that he is the real heir apparent of his elder brother Ram Vilas Paswan’s political legacy. Elaborating, Paras had mentioned that as per the provision in the Hindu law and the Constitution, Chirag only has the right to inherit the properties of Ram Vilas Paswan.
Going in 1969, Paras mentioned that when Ram Vilas had become the MLA, he had said Paras to take forward his legacy. For this reason, he added that he had contested elections in 1977 and was a member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly for 7 terms till 2010. “I was blessed with his political legacy. However, Chirag has the right to his property as a son but I have the political right,” stated Paras.
Ever since the formation of the two LJP factions, Chirag had filed a petition in the Delhi High Court against the decision of Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to designate Paras as the leader of the party’s parliamentary party in the House. However, the plea was dismissed stating it ‘does not have any merit’.
The tussle between Paras and Chirag Paswan has given rise to a wide range of issues including the former’s dissatisfaction with his nephew’s decision to break away from the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the Bihar Assembly polls.