Paswan Says People in Bihar Want His Family Members to Run

LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan in Patna on Saturday.

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Patna: With accusations of being a party of family members alone, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, at a press conference in Patna on Saturday, tried to put the controversy to rest saying it were the people of Bihar who wanted his brothers and son to be the party candidates for this year’s Lok Sabha elections.

“People accuse me of trying to perpetuate dynastic politics in Bihar but the truth is; it is the voters in Bihar who want me to field my family members from different seats and I see nothing wrong with it,” Paswan tried to make his case.

Going against the conventional wisdom that the Grand Alliance candidates were bound to score victories from certain constituencies, the LJP leader said that the NDA was poised to win at all 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar thanks to the line of weak candidates presented by the Grand Alliance.

Defending his decision to not contest election this year, Paswan said that he had been a parliamentarian or a legislator for nearly 50 years and it was the party’s collective decision that he stay out of election this year and instead give chance to another deserving candidate.

On the occasion, Paswan welcomed Veena Devi into the party and announced his decision to contest from Vaishali, the LJP chief’s traditional seat.

As reported, Paswan’s brother Pashupati Kumar Paras will contest from Hajipur seat while his son will defend his seat from Jamui.

His other brother Ramchandra Paswan is poised to run from Samastipur seat. While the name for the Khagaria seat is yet to be determined, Chandan Kumar is named as the candidate from Nawada, the former seat of BJP leader Giriraj Singh who has been relocated to Begusarai.

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