After the removal of Chirag Paswan from the position of party chief, it has become a battlefield for two factions of LJP.
Chirag Paswan, who had been alienated inside his party following a takeover staged by his uncle, was deposed as president of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) today in an "emergency meeting" of rebel MPs who are now in charge. Soon after the statement, he replied by "expelling" his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras and four other rebellious LJP MPs, thereby dividing the party into two groups.
According to the dissidents, Chirag Paswan was dismissed as the LJP's national president built on the notion of "One Man, One Post," despite the fact that he held three positions. According to insiders, the rebels plan to depose him from every position of power he has held
since succeeding his father, LJP founder Ram Vilas Paswan.
Chirag Paswan's followers attempted to take over the LJP office in Delhi, which also serves as Pashupati Paras' house, by blackening posters.
As per the Paras group, Suraj Bhan shall serve as acting president unless a new president is elected. Pashupati Kumar Paras' coup of his brother's party would be completed by the end of the week.
Given that five of the six LJP Lok Sabha MPs have revolted and he is the sixth, Chirag Paswan would find it more difficult than his uncle.
Yesterday, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla acknowledged Pashupati Paras as the LJP's new leader, thereby confirming his appointment. If the dispute proceeds to court, the Speaker's backing will bolster the rebels' case.
On Saturday, a meeting in Patna made the decision to remove Mr. Paswan. Mr. Paras, on the other hand, feels that becoming the national president of the LJP will strengthen his chances of being appointed to the Union Cabinet.