Chirag Paswan and his eccentric fall: Political feud or blood bicker

by Aishwarya Samanta
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All is not well in Bihar politics. Twenty years old LJP has now shattered. Chirag Paswan on Tuesday was sacked from the post of Lok Janshakti Party President in what is now being referred to as an “emergency meeting”. Not much later, Paswan retaliated by expelling his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras and four other MPs from the party. These four MPs are Smt. Beena Devi, Chaudhary Mehboob Ali Kaiser, Shri Chandan Singh and Shri Prince Raj (Paswan’s cousin and son of late Ram Chandra Paswan, former Lok Sabha MP who is the MP from Samastipur).

The feud started on Monday when five of the six Lok Janshakti Party MPs in Lok Sabha rebelled against Chirag Paswan. Furthermore, they went ahead and elected Paswan’s uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras, in his place.

The news comes to the forefront just about eight months after Chirag Paswan took over the command of the party after the untimely demise of his father and LJP founder Ram Vilas Paswan. While some blame the family feud to be the cause, many are sceptical of the fact that the involvement of Nitish Kumar’s Party JDU is also making rounds. Chirag’s uncle seems to have gotten the benefits while he himself lost every political trick that he had managed to retain from his uncle.

After his father’s demise, Chirag had unwittingly become unilateral by solely depending upon the small circle of aides and completing side-lining the ‘bahubalis’ of the party. The scenario deteriorated during the election campaigns, when Paras was no where to be seen in the limelight. Not to much everyone’s surprise, LJP managed to caught hold of only one seat in the elections, crushing Chirag’s plan of transmogrifying as a kingmaker failed. This episode gave many of the party workers a reason and opportunity to show their back to their leader.

There is no smoke without fire, as we all know. So is the case with JD(U)’s involvement in the entire fiasco. Though the party has straightforward denied its involvement in the coup by stating it as the party’s internal matter, many know how politics work on the ground. Also, Nitish Kumar’s goodwill with many party leaders of the LJP cannot be undermined, though it always remained behind the veil.

Chirag Paswan

Nitish Kumar’s goodwill with many party leaders of the LJP cannot be undermined.

The entire political drama comes at a point when there is a speculation of an eminent Cabinet reshuffle doing the rounds. In addition to this, JD(U) has also been for quite some time, been demanding increased representation of the party in the Union Government. Apart from the fact that MP Harivansh is the Deputy chairperson of the Rajya Sabha, JD(U) does not have a single minister in the Modi govt.

Chirag Paswan

Only time will tell if BJP will come to the rescue of its aide or maintain its distance from Chirag Paswan.

Coming back to Chirag’s future in the political arena, the biggest blow to him will be his image damage and his position within the National Democratic Alliance. Only time will tell if BJP will come to the rescue of its aide or maintain its distance from Chirag Paswan. Though Chirag Paswan has suffered a heavy toll, this is definitely not the end of the picture.

His legacy to continue as the main heir to Ram Vilas Paswan is still his biggest flex. Also, it is just a matter of time before the core LJP voters, majority of those comprising from the Paswan clan react to the political fiasco. And who can forget about Rastriya Janata Dal (RJD)- Lalu Prasad and his heir Tejaswi, who has always been a goody two shoes to Chirag Paswan.

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