The Election Commission (EC) has frozen the election symbol of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) amid the ongoing tussle between factions of Chirag Paswan and his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras.
Both factions of the LJP have been barred from using the name of the party or its symbol ‘bungalow’ till the dispute between the rival groups is settled by the poll panel.
The EC today said that the two factions could use free symbols available to field their candidates for the by-elections to two assembly seats in the coming days.
“Both the groups shall be known by such names by as they may choose for their respective groups, including, if they so desire, linkage with their parent party Lok Janshakti Party,” the EC order read.
Two seats, Tarapur in Munger and Kusheshwarsthan in Darbhanga, are scheduled for by-elections on 30 October. The nomination is currently in process.
Chirag had on 28 September written to the EC to claim that the party’s ‘bungalow’ election symbol. Union minister Pashupati had blamed Chirag for the poor show in the 2020 assembly election, wherein the party won just one seat. The incident created a rift between the former party president and Pashupati, who eventually split the party.
Chirag had claimed the right over the LJP symbol for the upcoming Bihar assembly by-elections scheduled on 30 October.
Meanwhile, “Chirag Paswan is the son of Late Ram Vilas Paswan. According to the provision in the Hindu law and the Constitution, the son has the right over the property of his father. Chirag Paswan has the right to Ram Vilas Paswan’s property. There is no doubt about it,” Paras said.
“Late Paswan ji became MLA in 1969. And, when he became a member of the Lok Sabha in 1977, he had told me that I should take forward his legacy. So I contested elections in 1977 and was a member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly for 7 terms till 2010. I was blessed with his political legacy. However, Chirag has the right to his property as a son but I have the political right,” stated Paras.
After the formation of the two LJP factions, Chirag had even filed a petition in the Delhi High Court against the decision of Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to designate Paras as the leader of the party’s parliamentary party in the house.