Patna: While his daughter declared she was willing to fight against him if she got a ticket from the RJD, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Ram Vilas Paswan may not even contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections on health grounds, said reports on Monday. According to Zee News, sources said his son Chiraj Paswan might contest from his seat of Hajipur. Chirag was elected from Jamui in 2014. (Also read: Paswan Pokes Fun at Congress)
Paswan represents Hajipur parliament constituency from where he holds the record of winning by the largest margin in the state. In 1977, he was first elected in the Lok Sabha from this seat and went on to do so eight times.
In fact, Paswan might find his way in Parliament through Rajya Sabha, said sources. LJP parliamentary board leader Chirag told News18 that party leaders were of the opinion that rigorous campaigning may take a toll on Paswan’s health. “However, it all depends on him. He has to take a call. We have apprised him of our opinion,” Chirag told media in Jamui, Bihar.
A source close to the family also said that the LJP had discussed the proposal with the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) as well. “A Rajya Sabha ticket to Ram Vilas Paswan also reduces constraints in seat-sharing for the next Lok Sabha elections in Bihar. If Senior Paswan takes the RS route, the party might not stress for more than five seats in the Lok Sabha elections,” he added. Paswan underwent heart surgery in a London hospital last year in June and kept himself off public life for more than a month.
Paswan’s daughter Asha had said she would contest election against him from his Hajipur parliamentary constituency if she got an RJD ticket. Accusing Paswan of discriminating against daughters and promoting only Chirag, Asha had said her father neglected her. “I was neglected, while Chirag was made the LJP parliamentary party leader. If the RJD gives me a ticket, I would contest from Hajipur,” she told media at her Patna residence.