Nearly 42 years after he won the Hajipur Lok Sabha seat for the first time with a margin of 4.24 lakh votes, a feat that set a Guinness record. He has in all won the seat eight of the 10 times he contested.
Paswan said he had completed 50 years in politics and there were also health issues.
In 2014, Paswan won from Hajipur defeating the Congress candidate. But in 2009, Paswan was defeated by the JD-U. Ealier, Paswan lost from Hajipur in 1984 when a pro-Congress wave swept the country in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi's assassination.
Paswan represented Hajipur in the Lok Sabha in 1977, 1980, 1989, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2014.
His son Chirag Paswan, who acted in a Bollywood movie before taking to politics, won from Jamui Lok Sabha seat in 2014 for the first time. It is not clear if he will opt for Hajipur now.
Paswan's younger brother Pasupati Kumar Paras, a Bihar Minister, is seen as a potential candidate to be fielded from Hajipur as LJP candidate. But he refuses to say what his plans are for the Lok Sabha battle.
The LJP is an ally of the BJP-led NDA. In 2014, LJP won six Lok Sabha seats including Hajipur.
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