Surajbhan Singh
Surajbhan Singh

Amid the ongoing rift happening in the Lok Janshakti Party, its national working president, Surajbhan Singh on Wednesday said that both Chirag Paswan and Pashupati Kumar Paras will come together and stay in one party.

The national president has opined that Chirag should understand that it's been long that his uncle worked under him and now he should let uncle lead.

Six Lok Sabha MPs of the LJP party are joined hands to oust Chirag Paswan as their leader in the House and and elected his paternal uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras in his place. Four LJP MPs -- Chandan Singh, Veena Devi, Mehboob Ali Kaiser and Prince Raj -- backed Paras as the leader of party's parliamentary board, leaving party national president Chirag Paswan isolated. Paras will now be the leader of the party in Lok Sabha.

Meanwhile, Chirag Paswan today blamed Janata Dal (United) for engineering the split in his party and rejected the decisions taken by the faction headed by his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras, saying the party's constitution does not authorise them any such power.

In his first interaction with media after the split in the party, he struck a combative note by describing himself as "sher ka beta" (lion's son) and asserted that he will fight for the cause of the party founded by his father Ram Vilas Paswan.

While blaming the JD(U) for the split, he steered clear of questions regarding the role of the BJP in the development and added that what has happened is also an internal matter of his party for which he will not target others.

The JD(U), he alleged, had been working to cause a split in the party even when his father was alive. Targeting the party, he said it has always worked to divide Dalits and weaken its leaders.The LJP draws its support from Paswans, the largest Dalit caste in Bihar.

"A conspiracy was hatched behind my back while I was ill," Paswan said. He had recently suffered from typhoid. The 38-year-old MP from Jamui expressed determination to take on the rival group while also taking swipe at his paternal uncle without using any strong words to attack him.

He also said that he tried his best to keep the family and the party united but failed, and termed the way in which his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras was elected party leader "illegal".

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