Rebel leader Paras hints at the election for new LJP president

Pashupati Kumar Paras, Lok Janshakti Party leader has hinted that a full-time national chief of the party will be elected here on June 17.

He said the election of a full-time President would take place soon, with former MP Suraj Ban Singh being appointed acting president.

Earlier today, LJP leader and MP Chirag Paswan accused Janata Dal (United) of breaking up his party, saying he was the “son of a lion” and would continue to fight. This comes after the faction led by Pashupati Kumar Baras removed Chirag from the post of LJP leader.

The decision was taken at a meeting with five LJP MPs at the residence of Pashupati Kumar Paras in Delhi.

The LJP MP accused the JDU of breaking up the party and said his uncle had no right to call any meeting or make a decision. He said that his father Ram Vilas Paswan had died on October 8 and after that, the Bihar elections came.

Earlier on Wednesday, Chirag wrote a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, noting that the decision to declare Pashupati Kumar Baras as LJP leader in the lower house was contrary to the party’s constitutional provisions. Chirag calls on Lok Sabha Speaker to issue a new circular in support of him as LJP leader.

Chirag Paswan, son of LJP founding President Ram Vilas Paswan, has been immersed in the party he has led for almost a year, raising questions about the Lok Sabha Speaker’s recognition at a press conference in Delhi the previous day by the rebel faction that elected Paras as its leader.