New Delhi: Union Minister and LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday said that his son Chirag will take a final call on the alliance in Bihar as he has been hospitalised with an illness for some time. Also Read - Bihar Assembly Election 2020: PM Modi Endorses Nitish Kumar, Gives Him Pat on The Back For 'Sushasan'; Makes Veiled Attack on Lalu
Taking to Twitter, Paswan confirmed media reports of his ill health, saying that his health deteriorated a few days back, during the COVID-19 crisis, but he did not rush to a hospital , since he had to fulfil his responsibilities as food minister. Also Read - Bihar Assembly Election 2020: Polls to be Fought Under Nitish Kumar's Leadership, Says Nadda, Discusses Seat-sharing With CM
“There was no laxity in the work. I continuously served the country as food minister and made every effort to ensure food reaches on time everywhere,” he tweeted. Also Read - Former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi Strikes Alliance With JD(U), Returns to NDA Ahead of Assembly Polls
Paswan, in a series of tweets, asserted that he got admitted at a hospital after his son forced him to get treated. However, the minister did not reveal the disease, he was suffering from.
If reports are to be believed, Paswan is suffering from multiple ailments, including per-existing heart conditions.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that Chirag, the son and political successor of veteran Paswan, is reportedly angry with the ruling Janata Dal United (JDU) for giving space to Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) in the alliance.
Manjhi is also a prominant Dalit leader and his inclusion in the NDA may affect seat-sharing and the backward vote in Bihar. Such a situation is of concern to the LJP.
The LJP has now given a slogan emphasising Bihari pride. The slogan reads: “Woh lad rahen hain raj karne ke liye, LJP lad rahi hai Bihar par naz karne ke liye” (They are contesting elections to rule the state and the LJP is contesting elections for the pride of Bihar).
Paswan has also been critical of CM Nitish Kumar for his policies on the return of migrant labourers from other states, inadequate flood relief measures and failing to control the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
However, LJP spokesperson Asraf Ansari said that the slogan is meant to target opposition parties such as the RJD, Congress and others. But political observers in the state say the slogan is targeted at Manjhi for joining the NDA just before the polls, scheduled to be held later this year.
(With agency inputs)