New Delhi: Chirag Paswan replaced his father and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan as the president of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) on Tuesday, stated news agency ANI. He was appointed as the party chief in a national executive meeting conducted by LJP.

This decision was taken ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections in the state, sources told news agency ANI. It must be noted that Chirag Paswan is also a member of the parliament representing Jamui of Bihar. With the appointment of Chirag Paswan as the LJP chief, Ram Vilas Paswan will become the party’s patron, added the sources.

Union Minister and Former President of LJP, Ram Vilas Paswan, as quoted by news agency ANI said on Tuesday, “I am hopeful that the party will move ahead under Chirag’s leadership. The party will be strengthened further.”

LJP is slated to start its membership campaign on November 28, which happens to its foundation day. The party is known for drawing a majority of support from a section of the Dalit community.

This year, the seven-phased Lok Sabha elections began on April 11 in the country. In the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, the RLSP has fielded Bhudeo Chaudhary against LJP’s Chirag Paswan and BSP’s Upendra Ravidas. Chirag Paswan (LJP) had won the elections this year by defeating Bhudeo Chaudhary (RLSP) with 2,41,049 votes. Jamui was won by Chirag Paswan of the LJP in 2014 elections also.

Notably, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2019, the LJP had predicted that raising ‘contentious issues’ like Ram Mandir and Triple Talaq could harm the National Democratic Alliance. Stating his viewpoint to the reporters, Paswan had said that Ram temple construction at a disputed location in Ayodhya should not be an issue in the elections in an apparent reference to BJP’s defeat in three state polls recently.