Patna, The infighting of LJP to take control of reins of the party today intensified further
with Chirag Paswan expelling five MPs including his rebel uncle Pashupti Kumar Paras and also releasing a letter to expose his hidden ambition since long while in a parallel move Paras faction also removed Chirag from the party post, even though LJP workers blackened posters of Mr Paras and other rebel MPs during their protest in party office in Patna.
Mr Paras, the younger brother of LJP founder Ram Vilas Paswan, feeling emboldened with Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla recognising him as leader of LJP parliamentary party in lower House, convened a meeting of executive committee in New Delhi and removed Chirag Paswan from the post of party president. Vice president of the party and former MP Suraj Bhan Singh was also appointed working president of the LJP. A decision to convene meeting of national council was also taken to elect new party president in next five days.
Mr Chirag Paswan who was silent since his uncle Mr Paras led four other MPs in revolting against him and submitted a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Mr Birla on Sunday night for being recognised as leader of LJP parliamentary party in lower House, also made a strategic move and convened a meeting of national executive on virtual mode due to Corona pandemic. In the meeting, all five rebel MPs including Pashupti Kumar Paras were expelled for their anti party activities.
Mr Raju Tiwary, a member of national executive told media persons that Mr Paras and four other rebel MPs had been expelled in unanimous decision for anti party activities. When asked about removal of Chirag from party post by Paras faction, he said that party had its constitution and only executive committee could take such a decision. A decision in meeting convened by a faction could not be called as taken by executive committee, he maintained.
“On the other hand 41 members of executive committee had participated in virtual meeting called by party president Chirag Paswan at short notice”, Mr Tiwary said adding that four executive committee members also
had given their consent on phone after the meeting for expulsion of five rebel MPs . All the five rebel MPs were expelled as per provision of the party constitution, he claimed.

(Agencies)