Everyone else could see it coming — except Chirag Paswan. On June 13, five out of six Lok Sabha MPs of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) deposed Chirag (38) from the presidentship of the party, met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and asked that Pashupati Kumar Paras (68), Chirag’s uncle and LJP founder Ram Vilas Paswan’s younger brother, be recognised as their new leader in the lower House. By the afternoon, the Lok Sabha Secretariat had recognised Pashupati Paras as the new leader of the LJP. Paras summoned a meeting of the party national executive and is in the process of divesting his nephew of all his responsibilities and powers, including financial ones.
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