Lok Janshakti Party chief Chirag Paswan has accused Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of an “anti-Dalit mindset” and of “mistreating Dalits within his own party” – a pointed reference to the 2015 tussle for energy with former Chief Minister and Dalit chief Jitan Ram Manjhi, which ended with the latter being forced to resign.
Speaking to NDTV.com on Monday, Mr Paswan – who referred to as the combat for management of LJP a “Mahabharata” – additionally accused Nitish Kumar of attempting to separate the get together by dividing the Paswan group – a subsection of Dalits that kinds six per cent of Bihar.
“If you see the political journey then it is clear… he has been splitting the Lok Janshakti Party since February 2005, when 27 were elected on our ticket. Subsequently he kept on splitting our legislature party in Bihar,” Chirag Paswan instructed NDTV.com.
Mr Paswan referred to the creation of the Mahadalit sub-group in 2006, saying: “That shows his mindset as it was primarily to isolate Paswans and Jatav.”
“It should be saved in thoughts the LJP has by no means been a fan of Nitish Kumar’s type of politics. He has harmed the Dalits by creating a sub-group of Mahadalits for his personal political good points,” he had mentioned final yr earlier than he pulled his get together from any alliance with the JDU.
“See how he treated Dalits within his own party, including the unceremonious way Jitan Ram Manjhi has thrown out of power… I will expose the true face of Nitish Kumar and inform Dalits across the country, especially in Bihar, during my roadshow, which will be across all Assembly constituencies,” Mr Paswan added.
The LJP’s seat rely dropped precipitously after the 2005 polls – 10 within the repoll in October-November 2005, three in 2010 and two in 2015 (when it was a part of the BJP-led NDA).
In final yr’s election the LJP claimed only one seat, whose victor has since switched events.
Bihar’s Paswan group are the core base for the LJP and the relative energy of that base was highlighted final yr; the LJP received only one seat however, by fielding candidates towards each JDU nominee, it wound up consuming in that get together’s vote share and leaving it second-best towards the BJP.
And they proceed to again Mr Paswan, a ballot of LJP leaders by the BJP suggests.
The roadshow expected next month is a display of strength for Chirag Paswan, to underline his standing because the political inheritor of the late Ram Vilas Paswan, his father and certainly one of tallest Dalit leaders.
The LJP, beneath Chirag Paswan, was the ‘x-factor’ in last year’s election; the reducing of JDU votes helped the BJP emerge as the primary energy within the ruling NDA, and there was fixed hypothesis the smaller party was the BJP’s ‘plan B’ to retain power in Bihar – one thing formally denied.
Mr Paswan – who final yr dramatically mentioned “…like Hanuman’s devotion for Ram, when you cut open my heart you will find only Modiji” – has now admitted, although, it’s troublesome to imagine the coup in his get together occurred and not using a part of the highest BJP leaders being conscious.
Undaunted, although, Mr Paswan fired a mild reminder to the bigger get together.
“… should not forget we joined hands with them after PM Modi’s name was announced (the JDU-BJP broke up ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha election) old allies like Nitish left them and it was Paswan voters who turned the table… six per cent Dalit votes are still firmly with us,” he mentioned.
The squabble for management of Ram Vilas Paswan’s get together, and legacy, erupted final week after 5 LJP MPs – together with the former Union Minister’s younger brother and coup leader Pashupati Paras – requested the Lok Sabha Speaker to recognise them as a separate group
The subsequent day, the rebels eliminated Chirag Paswan as get together chief in an “emergency meeting”.
Mr Paswan has refused to go quietly into the evening, calling himself a “sher ka beta” (son of a lion).