New Delhi | Jagran Politics Desk: The Election Commission (EC) on Saturday froze the party symbol of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) amid a tussle between Chirag Pawan and his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras ahead of the by-elections in Kusheshwar Asthan and Tarapur. In a statement, the poll body said that neither of the two groups would be allowed to use the party symbol, asking the factions to provide their names, latest by Monday, that will be recognised by it.

"When the Commission is satisfied on information in its possession that there are rival sections or groups of a recognized potitical party, each of whom claims to be that party, the Commission may, after taking into account all the available facts and circahrstances of the case and hearing such representatives of the sections or groups and other persons as desire to be heard, decide that one such rival section or group or none of such rival sections of groups is that recognised political party and the decision of the Commission shall be binding on all such rival sections or groups," the EC order read.

The tussle between Paras and Chirag began in June this year after five MPs switched from the latter's camp to the former's side. Later, Paras declared himself as the party president in Patna while Chirag was removed from the position of Lok Sabha Parliamentary party leader. Later, Paras had attacked Paswan for LJP's poor performance in last year's assembly elections in Bihar after he went against Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United. He also claimed that the party had performed better under him during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

"You must ask Chirag Paswan why did he remove me from the state president's post. We contested the Bihar elections under my supervision and won six seats. We received the highest percentage of the vote as per the election commission," he had said.

Following his ouster, Chirag called for help from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He said that he supported PM Modi like "Hanuman" and is expecting his "Lord Ram" to help in his "difficult period". "Like Hanuman, I supported PM Modi in every difficult period. Today when efforts are being made to kill the Hanuman politically, I believe that in such a situation, Lord Ram (PM Modi) will not watch in silence," he said.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma