Chirag Paswan expels 5 MPs, Paras & Co oust him as LJP chief | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI/PATNA: Now the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) has officially split into two, with the rival factions claiming to be the “real” edition and enacting the by now familiar routine of expelling each other. Soon after the rebel group, led by Chirag Paswan’s uncle Pasupati Kumar Paras removed him from the national president’s post at the party’s “emergency meeting”, the Chirag-controlled national executive committee expelled five rebel MPs led by Paras for “anti-party activities”.
Both sides claimed they have followed the due procedure of calling “emergency” meetings for taking the decision. Each also claimed it is the “original” LJP and the matter is likely to reach the Election Commission soon, in what might result into a hard-fought legal feud among the Paswan clan members for the control of party symbol of “Bungalow”.
The group, led by Paras, said Chirag had been removed as the party’s national president as he held three posts in disregard of “One Man, One Post” principle. It appointed Suraj Bhan Singh as the acting president and authorised him to call the meeting of the party’s national council to complete the election of national president.
Chirag’s eviction came hours after he released an emotional letter written to Paras in March this year, claiming how his uncle did not support him when he needed him and there was breakdown of communication between the two. “I tried very hard to keep the party formed by my father and my family united, but I failed. Party is like a mother and we must never betray our mother. People are above all else in a democracy. I thank those who had faith in the party,” he wrote.
Paras remained unfazed. Talking to TOI, he struck a confident note and claimed that since 95% of the party workers and leaders are with him, the national council will approve his election as party chief and LJP will emerge as a stronger party. Paras told news channels that it is only a change of leadership effected through democratic process.
While Paras said that statements by the Chirag camp were of little consequence as he has support of majority leaders and workers, party’s national secretary general and a long-time aide of Ram Vilas Paswan, Abdul Khalik, said that under the party constitution, only the national executive can take important decisions, like suspension of members. “The national executive comprises 75 members, including the party president, vice-president, 16 secretaries, 16 general secretaries, presidents of state and UT units, MPs and MLAs among others. A meeting of the national executive was called on Tuesday, which took a resolution to suspend five members from the primary membership of the party,” he said.
Chirag will hold a press conference to put his side of the story on Wednesday.

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