chirag: Bihar: EC allots party names, symbols to LJP factions | Patna News

PATNA: The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) founded by former Union minister late Ram Vilas Paswan split officially on Tuesday when the Election Commission (EC) allotted separate names and poll symbols to the factions led by his son Chirag Paswan and brother Pashupati Kumar Paras, who is also a Union minister.
The Chirag faction will be called Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) with ‘helicopter’ as its poll symbol while the Paras group will be known as Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party with ‘sewing machine’ as its poll symbol to be allocated to the candidate set up, if any, by their groups in the byelection for the Kusheshwar Asthan and Tarapur assembly seats, to be held in Bihar on October 30.
The EC, in its interim order, had barred both the groups from using LJP as their party name and its poll symbol bungalow in the October 30 bypolls.
However, the EC will take a final decision after hearing their sides and perusing the papers to be submitted in support of their claims on November 5.
Both the groups hailed the EC’s decision. Chirag faction’s spokesperson Md Ashraf Ansari said the EC allocated the name and symbol to his faction as per his leader’s request. Ashraf said Chirag will now keep a tab on the development works carried out by the state government by hovering in the sky in the helicopter, the party’s election symbol.
The state president of Chirag group, Raju Tiwari said, “Since the name and symbol have been allotted by the EC, we are in the process of finalising the candidates for the two assembly seats.”
Paras also welcomed the EC order and said he was busy in making preparations for the first death anniversary of his elder brother late Ram Vilas Paswan in Patna on October 8.
Paras has already declared his support to the NDA candidates in the byelection. “We are part of the NDA,” he reiterated.
Notably, five of the six LJP MPs had rebelled against Chirag and elected Hajipur MP Paras as their leader in the Lok Sabha. Later, Paras was inducted into the Narendra Modi Cabinet in July this year.

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