Chirag set to make a statement with Ram Vilas Paswan’s first death anniversary; PM Modi, Sonia Gandhi on list of VIP invitees

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Updated: September 08, 2021 12:23 PM

Chirag Paswan is embroiled in a bitter dispute with his uncle and Union Minister Pashupati Kumar Paras to claim the legacy of his father.

Chirag Paswan is embroiled in a bitter dispute with his uncle and Union Minister Pashupati Kumar Paras to claim the legacy of his father.

LJP leader Chirag Paswan has invited top national and state leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, for an event in Patna on September 12 to mark the first death anniversary of his father Ram Vilas Paswan. 

The event assumes heightened political significance at a time when Chirag Paswan is embroiled in a bitter dispute with his uncle and Union Minister Pashupati Kumar Paras to claim the legacy of his father. According to news agency PTI, Chirag also visited Paras’ residence to give him an invite. However, it is not clear whether he the latter will be attending the event. 

Speaking on the September 12 event, Chirag said he has spoken to PM Modi and Shah to invite them and has also met Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in this regard.

The list of high-profile invitees for the event also include Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, with whom the LJP leader has had sharp differences, and RJD’s Lalu Prasad Yadav.

On the other hand, Paras is also likely to organise an anniversary event on October 8, the day Ram Vilas Paswan had died last year. He is also expected to invite top national leaders. Chirag Paswan, who left for Bihar on Tuesday with his family, is going by a traditional calendar to hold the event on September 12.

Political observers will be keenly watching the attendance at the Jamui MP’s event at a time when he has been touring Bihar on an “Aashirvaad Yatra” to rally support for his LJP faction. Five of the six party MPs have joined hands with Paras.

While the BJP has given a ministerial berth in the Modi government to Paras ignoring Chirag Paswan’s claims to the party, opposition leaders, including Lalu Prasad and his son Tejashwi Yadav, have reached out to him. Though he has voiced displeasure over the BJP’s treatment of him, he has so far maintained silence about his future political moves, saying his priority now is to build his party.

Chirag also rejected speculation that his party wanted his father’s Delhi residence of over three decades to remain under its control by installing a bust of Ram Vilas Paswan and asserted that as a lawmaker he will not do anything that is considered encroachment or any violation of law.

“As of now the government has permitted me to stay here. The bust is a symbol of the party’s love for the late leader and will be shifted whenever an alternative arrangement is provided. The bust should never be seen as an attempt on my part to encroach the property,” he said.

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