New Delhi, Nov 5: In a key political development, generational shift has taken place in the Ram Vilas Paswan-led LJP with his son Chirag Paswan getting elected here on Tuesday as the new party chief.
"I was unable to give adequate time to party organisation matters due to ministerial responsibility. But I had left the decision to party's national executive and subsequently they decided to make Chirag our new national president," Union Food Minister and veteran MP Mr Paswan told reporters here.
The LJP, which banks on the support base of Dalits in Bihar, was founded by Ram Vilas Paswan in November 2000. Chirag Paswan, who worked in Bollywood for a brief period, joined politics in 2013 and was said to have been instrumental in bringing LJP and his father Ram Vilas Paswan to the NDA fold. He represents Jamui parliamentary constituency in Bihar. Senior Paswan has been an ardent critic of Narendra Modi due to 2002 anti-Muslim riots.
Ram Vilas Paswan, 73, has however, shown enough political flexibility and has served under all Prime Minsters since 1996 ---- starting with H D Deve Gowda and then under I K Gujral, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Dr Manmohan Singh and now under PM Modi. However, Mr Paswan was not part of the UPA-2 between 2009 and 2014. (UNI)