Hajipur Lok Sabha election 2019 result: Ram Vilas Paswan of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) has won from Hajipur eight times between 1977 and 2014. This election, his brother Pasupati Kumar Paras won from here, defeating RJD's Shiv Chandra Ram.
Hajipur Lok Sabha election result 2019: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) candidate Pasupati Kumar Paras, who is brother of Ram Vilas Paswan, won from the Hajipur Lok Sabha seat, beating RJD’a candidate Shiv Chandra Ram by a margin of 2,05,449 votes. According to Election Commission of India data, while Paras secured 5,41,310 votes, Ram pocketed 3,35,861 votes.
One of the 40 parliamentary constituencies in Bihar, the Hajipur was a battle of prestige for Ram Vilas Paswan whose brother was contesting elections on a LJP ticket. A seat reserved for SC with six Assembly segments – Hajipur, Lalganj, Mahua, Raja Pakar, Raghopur and Mahnar – Ram Vilas Paswan won from here eight times between 1977 and 2014. In 1977 and 1980, Paswan had won on a Janata Party ticket. In 1977, he registered a Guinness World Record by winning the election from Hajipur with a margin of 4.24 lakh votes, the maximum margin by any politician in the world. His record was, however, broken by PV Narasimha Rao when he won from the Nandyal constituency in Andhra Pradesh in 1991 by five lakh votes.
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In 1984, Paswan was uprooted in the Congress wave in wake of the assassination of Indira Gandhi. Between 1989 and 1998, Paswan represented Hajipur in the Lok Sabha thrice on Janata Dal ticket. In 1991, former Bihar CM Ram Sundar Das won from Hajipur when Paswan had shifted to the Rosera constituency. In 1999, Paswan was elected again from Hajipur but on a Janata Dal (United) ticket. But in November 2000, Paswan quit the JD(U) and floated his own political party LJP. He again successfully contested in 2004 on an LJP ticket. The seat went to JD(U) in 2009 when Ram Sundar Das defeated Paswan by just 36,000 votes. In 2014, when LJP returned to NDA fold, Paswan again contested from here and won by a margin of 2.25 lakh votes.
But this election, Paswan was not in the fray and is set to get a Rajya Sabha berth from BJP’s quota, according to the seat sharing agreement among the NDA constituents in Bihar. The party fielded Paswan’s brother Pasupati Kumar Paras, a minister in Nitish Cabinet and LJP’s Bihar unit president.
Paras was facing a stiff challenge from RJD’s Shiv Chandra Ram, a sitting MLA from Vaishali. Both the party candidates were banking on the popularity of their respective leaders as this is the first time the two leaders — Lalu and Paswan, were not facing each other during the elections. While Lalu is miles away in Ranchi serving sentence in fodder scam cases, Paswan didn’t contest elections first time in four decades.