After the Election Commission settled the dispute between the two factions of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) over the party name and symbol, Chirag, son of LJP founder late Ram Vilas Paswan, announced the candidates for the Bihar bypolls on October 30. He thanked the poll body and said “we could not have been happier”.
Anju Devi will contest from Kusheshwar Asthan assembly seat and Chandan Singh from Tarapur for the October 30 bye-election in Bihar, Paswan said. Milan Raghunath Gorat is the candidate from Dadara and Nagar Haveli Lok Sabha seat.
The Chirag Paswan faction was allotted ‘helicopter’ image and will likely be referred to as ‘Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas)’ whereas his uncle Pashupati Paras was allowed to make use of ‘Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party’ title and was assigned ‘sewing machine’ image, days after they have been barred by the EC from utilizing the title of LJP and its image ‘bungalow’.
“We were given as many as 170 symbols to choose from and when I discussed the same with my mother. The first name that she came up with was that of the helicopter,” Chirag stated.
The Jamui MP added, “Even when my father Ramdas Paswan was alive he felt that there was a need to change the party symbol… He always wanted a symbol that would stand out for itself.”
Paswan, who has been in a long-drawn battle together with his uncle and his cousin after the dying of his father Ram Vilas, stated he’s assured that he’ll be capable of win the Bihar by-elections.