NEW DELHI: Chirag Paswan on Tuesday expelled his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras and 4 other MPs from the party on Tuesday, signalling that the battle for the reins of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) is not over.
The decision to expel the five leader was made at the party’s national executive meeting on Tuesday.
“The National Executive committee has unanimously decided to remove Shri Pashupati Kumar Paras MP, Smt. Beena Devi MP, Chaudhary Mehboob Ali Kaiser MP, Shri Chandan Singh MP and Shri Prince Raj MP from the primary membership of Lok Janshakti Party with immediate effect. The National President of LJP Shri Chirag Paswan is authorized to take all decisions in the coming assembly election on behalf of party,” the party said in a statement.
Earlier in the day, the Pashupati Kumar Paras-led faction of the party removed Paswan as party president.
Before the national executive meeting, Chirag Paswan tweeted that he “tried but failed to keep the party and family together.”
“I tried but failed to keep this party created by my father and my family. Party is like mother and mother should not be cheated. People are paramount in democracy. I thank the people who have faith in the party,” wrote Paswan on Twitter.
पापा की बनाई इस पार्टी और अपने परिवार को साथ रखने के लिए किए मैंने प्रयास किया लेकिन असफल रहा।पार्टी माँ के समान है… https://t.co/F7w9oK4d8h
— युवा बिहारी चिराग पासवान (@iChiragPaswan) 1623751937000
Paswan also shared a letter he had written to Paras, the youngest brother of his father, in March in which he had highlighted his uncle’s unhappiness over a number of issues, including his elevation as the party president.