The Lok Janshakti Party has considerable following among Mahadalits and Dalits, which constitute nearly 16 per cent of the state's population. Paswan himself is a Dalit leader and holds the key to influence the voters.
The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in an alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal (United). The party will contest elections from six seats in Bihar while its chief Ram Vilas Paswan will get a Rajya Sabha berth from BJP’s quota.
Floated by Ram Vilas Paswan in 2000 after he split from Janata Dal, LJP has a strong presence in Bihar. In 2014, the LJP had contested seven seats and won six. This time, the LJP is facing an uphill task of reasserting its political standing after Paswan virtually passed on the baton to his son Chirag Paswan who won from Jamui Lok Sabha seat in 2014.
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Ram Vilas Paswan has served eight terms as the MP from Hajipur constituency. In 1977, he had successfully contested from Hajipur on a Janata Party ticket and won by a record margin of 4.24 lakh votes. Paswan has worked with several governments at the Centre including the Third Front headed by HD Deve Gowda, IK Gujral between 1996 and 1998, NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Congress-led UPA-I government headed by Manmohan Singh.
Ram Vilas Paswan re-joined the NDA camp in 2014 and won six out of seven seats it had contested.
Here is the complete list of six candidates who will contest election on LJP’s ticket:
The LJP has considerable following among Mahadalits and Dalits, which constitute nearly 16 per cent of the state’s population. Paswan himself is a Dalit leader and holds the key to influence the voters. The BJP sees opportunity in contesting elections with him as he can swing the mood of the electorate at the last moment.