New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday allotted the name ‘Lok Janshakti Party’ with election symbol ‘helicopter’ to Chirag Paswan’s faction of the Lok Janshakti Party. On the other hand, Pashupati Kumar Paras was given the name ‘Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party’ along with the election symbol of ‘sewing machine’ for his faction of the party.
“Having considered the request, the Commission has allotted the name Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) for your group and has allotted the Symbol Helicopter as the symbol to be allotted to the candidate set up, if any, by your group in the current by-election,” read a directive issued by the EC to Chirag Paswan.
Another order was issued to Pashupati Kumar Paras. The EC further stated, “Having considered your request, the Commission has allotted the name Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party for your group and has allotted the Symbol ‘Sewing Machine’ as the symbol to be allotted to the candidate set up, if any, by your group in the current by-election.”
Earlier on October 2, the ECI had frozen Lok Janshakti Party’s symbol amid a tussle between the sections of Chirag Pawan and Pashupati Kumar Paras. The LJP was the recognised party in Bihar with the symbol ‘Bungalow’.
Both Chirag Paswan and newly-elected LJP national president Pashupati Kumar Paras in June, had written to the Election Commission over the rights on the party symbol, sources had said. Paras, the younger brother of LJP founder Ram Vilas Paswan was recognised as the leader of the LJP in Lok Sabha in place of Chirag Paswan. This came after five of the six-party MPs gave a letter in his support.
The Lok Sabha Speaker accepted Paras as the floor leader of the LJP in the lower house. In a revised list of floor leaders of parties, Paras was listed as the Lok Sabha LJP leader.
The Lok Janshakti Party was formed by former Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan in 2000. Paswan, a heavyweight leader in Bihar politics, passed away in October 2020.