Trouble for Chirag Paswan as 5 LJP MPs join hands to oust him as leader in Lok Sabha
New Delhi | Jagran Politics Desk: Following its dismal show in last year's assembly elections in Bihar, the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) is set to face another crisis as five of its six Lok Sabha MPs have joined hands to dislodge Chirag Paswan as their leader in the Lower House.
The MPs are reportedly not happy with the working style of the junior Paswan and want him to be replaced with his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras. The lawmakers have also conveyed their decision to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.
"There are 6 MPs in our party. It was the desire of 5 MPs to save our party. So, I've not broken the party, I've saved it. Chirag Paswan is my nephew as well as party's national president. I have no objection against him," Paras was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
"5 MPs have submitted letter to the Speaker, we will go and meet him as and when he orders," he added.
The rebel group -- which includes MPs Prince Raj, Chandan Singh, Veena Devi and Mehboob Ali Kaiser -- are unhappy with Chirag's "style of functioning" and have blamed him for the split in the party after the death of his father Ram Vilas Paswan last year.
Sources, quoted by news agency PTI, have said that the junior Paswan's decision to go against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the Janata Dal-United didn't help the LJP and damaged its reputation in the state.
Chirag had pulled out of the NDA in Bihar after the BJP decided to continue its alliance with the JDU for the Bihar polls. However, Chirag didn't field candidates against the BJP in the polls but claimed that Nitish might challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
"Nitish Kumar has earned the epithet 'palturam' (turncoat) by virtue of his frequent acts of paltimaar. He came to power in Bihar after a long political battle with RJD chief Lalu Prasad. A few years later, he snapped ties with the BJP, an old ally and ended up forging an alliance with his arch rival," Paswan had said.
However, many in the LJP had reportedly disagreed with his decision to go against the JDU. PTI sources have now reported that the rebel LJP leaders may back Nitish Kumar and the JDU in the coming days.
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