Ram Vilas Paswan may not contest 2019 Lok Sabha elections

Updated:  Oct 29, 2018, 10:00 AM

LJP Ram Vilas Paswan Lok Sabha Elections 2019
Union Minister for Food and Consumer Affairs Ram Vilas Paswan is unlikely to contest 2019 Lok Sabha election. He is reportedly suffering from bad health and may, therefore, opt for a berth in the Rajya Sabha. Last year he was operated in the UK.
Paswan's son Chirag who is currently a Lok Sabha member from Jamui may contest from Hajipur as it has been a family bastion since 1977 when Paswan won with a record margin during Janata Party wave claim Sources in the LJP. In an interaction with media Chirag said, “Most of the leaders within the party feel that Lok Sabha poll needs rigorous campaigning. This may take a toll on my father’s health. So, it’s advisable he shifts to Rajya Sabha.”
“The LJP, which contested on seven seats out of 40 Lok Sabha constituencies during the 2014 parliamentary polls (and won six), may scale down its demand to five seats during 2019 polls.” sources told a leading publication. Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president underwent heart surgery in London last year, has not given any confirmation about him not contesting Lok Sabha Polls. He has won eight times from his constituency, besides serving once as a Rajya Sabha member, reportedly not keen on hanging his boots but may eventually give in to his son’s suggestion.
Sources claim, “The real reason behind senior Paswan not opting for Lok Sabha polls is quite different.” They added, “Actually, the JD (U) has staked claim to Jamui Lok Sabha seat where Nitish Kumar wants his close aide Ashok Choudhary (former Bihar Congress president, who switched sides in 2017) to contest. Chirag will then have to find another suitable constituency. And what better option than his father’s bastion,”

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