Amid reports of his uncle Pashupati Nath Paras getting an invite to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Union Cabinet later in the week, Chirag Paswan said Paras could not be appointed a minister from the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) quota since he is no longer a part of the party.
Paswan, who has been in a tussle with uncle Paras over the control of LJP said, "He can be made minister as an Independent but if he is made minister as an LJP MP, then I have an objection to it. If he is made minister from the LJP quota, we will also go to court against it".
Chirag's uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras and leader of the rebel faction currently represents the constituency in Lok Sabha.
Paswan’s death has led to factional fight within his party with both his son Chirag Paswan and his brother Pashupati Kumar Paras claiming to be representing the LJP.
Taking a dig at the current government in the state, he said that JDU's days are numbered and that Cabinet expansion at the centre will leave out JDU leaders. He said, "Mark my words, the countdown of this government has begun. JDU politicians should pray that the Cabinet expansion does not take place otherwise the first breakdown will occur in JDU".
Chirag Paswan is set to hold a roadshow (called 'Ashirvaad Yatra') in Bihar starting Monday. He will begin the roadshow from Hajipur, the constituency Chirag's father and LJP founder represented eight times since 1977.
Making him (Pashupati Paras) a Union Min on LJP quota isn't possible as party's executive board expelled him. I informed PM through letter. If he's appointed min as MP of my party I'll go to court. No problem if he's appointed minister as independent MP or from JDU: Chirag Paswan
Ram Vilas Paswan, a Union Minister, died last October. Paras expects to take that slot, instead of Chirag Paswan, who has alienated Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the BJP's key ally in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Many Bihar BJP leaders are reportedly dismayed at the choice; leaders said it is Chirag Paswan who still has the votes, yet Paras was chosen despite feedback.