New Delhi: The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) appears to be set for a split as five of its six Lok Sabha MPs are learnt to have joined hands to oust Chirag Paswan as their leader in the House by electing his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras as his replacement.
According to a source, the group of MPs has already conveyed their decision to the Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.
Meanwhile, there has been no official comment from either Chirag Paswan himself, who has not been keeping well in recent days, or from the rebel group so far.
While the rebel group, which includes MPs Prince Raj, Chandan Singh, Veena Devi and Mehboob Ali Kaiser, has long been unsatisfied with Chirag Paswan’s way of functioning, sources revealed, the LJP president has now been left absolutely isolated at the very top after taking on the mantle following the death of his father Ram Vilas Paswan in 2020.
Sources close to Chirag have blamed the Janta Dal United (JDU) for the split, claiming that the party had long been working to isolate the LJP president after his resolution to go all out against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during the 2020 assembly polls damaged the ruling party badly.
The rebel group may back the JD(U) in the coming days, the sources said.
Back in February, more than 200 leaders left LJP and joined the Janata Dal United in Bihar. JD(U) national president RCP Singh had announced at a press conference the addition of 208 leaders from the LJP.
Notably, one of those who switched sides were former state general secretary Keshav Singh – who has been against Chirag Paswan – had been foretelling the collapse of LJP for some time now.
Upon joining JD(U), Keshav also bashed the LJP chief and had claimed that he was running the party like a corporate house after the death of his father.
During the 2020 Bihar elections LJP’s performance was very poor, with the party registering a golden duck.