Chirag Paswan unanimously elected the new head of LJP
NEW DELHI: After leading the Lok Janshakti Party for 19 years, the Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan On Tuesday he announced that his son was unanimously elected as the new president of the party. The entire episode of passing the baton was smooth since Chirag's name was proposed by his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras and he received unanimous support from the party leaders, including the newly elected deputy, Prince Raj of Samastipur.
Prince is the son of the late Ramchandra Paswan.
Shortly after taking over, twice a parliamentarian from Jamui, Chirag said his focus will be to expand the base of the party and told mediators that he had already written to the BJP leaders identifying six seats that he would like to dispute as an ally in the next Election of the Jharkhand assembly. They had played in a single seat in the last elections.
The decision to appoint Chirag as president is ahead of the 2020 assembly elections in Bihar. He was credited for his role in the LJP by joining NDA in 2014. “Workers have been pushing for young leadership. All parliamentarians have supported the demand. I am sure he will lead the party in the right direction to provide justice to the poor and oppressed, ”said Paswan.
Chirag said that despite being elected as head of the party, his father will always remain his national president and his ruling force, and will be in active politics. Paswan, who is a senior minister in Narendra Modi's cabinet, said he was relieved of a greater responsibility and that a young leader can go further to energize the young cadre.
In responding that the transfer of leadership was so smooth, Paswan told TOI: In our family, the elder brother is respected as a father and it is his responsibility to take care of all family members. If you take care of everyone, why would there be a problem? I'm sure Chirag will follow the value. He named Prince as the Bihar and made the decision to get Ramchandra's son out of Samastipur. There has never been any difference within our family, ”said Paswan.
Paswan had founded the LJP in 2000 after separating from JD (U).