Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Pashupati Kumar Paras has been elected as the new parliamentary leader of the party in Lok Sabha on Monday.
Earlier, just a day after five LJP MPs met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and handed over a letter to him expressing their decision for the removal of party chief Chirag Paswan from the position of Lok Sabha Parliamentary party leader.
Paras had claimed that this step has been taken in order to save the party.
“There are six MPs in our party. It was the desire of five MPs to save our party. So, I have not broken the party. I have saved it. Chirag Paswan is my nephew as well as the party’s national president. I have no objection against him,” Paras had said.
Currently, Paras is representing the Hajipur Lok Sabha seat in Bihar.
Regarding the rumours that LJP will be joining the Janta Dal (United) in Bihar, the Hajipur MP had said, “Existence of LJP will continue, we are not joining JDU. We will fulfill the ambition of Late Ramvilas Paswan.”
However, he stated that LJP will continue to be a part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
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.