Patna: After the freeze on party’s name and symbol of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) by the Election Commission (EC), Chirag Paswan and his uncle Pashupati Paras have got new party names and symbols months after they parted ways.
Ahead of the by polls in Bihar for two seats – Kusheshwar Asthan and Tarapur seats on October 30 – the EC had responded competing claims by both with the move against the LJP, founded in 2000 by former Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, Chirag Paswan’s father.
While Chirag Paswan, has got the party name he requested – Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) and ‘helicopter’ as the symbol, Pasupati Paras been allotted the party name – Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party – and his party symbol is a ‘sewing machine’, the Election Commission said in separate statements.Both the leaders were asked to give separate names and symbols for the by polls by 1 pm Monday.
Both the leaders were asked to give separate names and symbols for the by polls by 1 pm Monday.
“I welcome the Election Commission’s decision. I have been allotted the name Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party and the ‘Sewing Machine’ symbol,” Pashupati Kumar Paras said.
Months after his elder brother Ram Vilas Paswan’s death in October 2020, Pashupati Paras, a first-time MP and six-term MLA, orchestrated a coup in June against his nephew as the differences between them peaked. Even though Chirag Paswan refused to accept him as his leader, Mr Paras, managed to garner enough support.