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Split in LJP, five MPs write to LS speaker: Sources | India News

NEW DELHI: There was intense speculation of a major split in the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) on Sunday. Sources said that five out of the six MPs barring the party chief Chirag Paswan have written to the Lok Sabha Speaker to recognize them as a separate entity. However, there is no official confirmation from the Speaker’s office or from the LJP.
The five MPs include Chirag’s uncle Pashupati Paras, his son Prince Raj and three other party lawmakers – Chandan Singh, veena Devi and Mehboob Ali Kaiser, sources said. They added the split seems to be mere formality as the five MPs have claimed that they are the real LJP. “We don’t have any such report,” a senior LJP functionary said.
Sources said the differences had cropped up in the party over likely inclusion of one leader from in the Cabinet expansion, which may happen at any time. While JD(U) has openly criticized the role of Chirag Paswan and will oppose any move by the BJP to include him in the cabinet, it may not oppose induction of Paras.
Paras had created ripples just before the Bihar assembly election when he had praised Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and had praised his development agenda.
There were speculations of the party getting split soon after the LJP failed to make a significant impact in the last Bihar assembly election in 2020 after it decided to go solo in the polls.




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