“I am lion’s son. I will never be scared’: Chirag Paswan breaks down launching father’s book

New Delhi: Chirag Paswan on Monday broke down at the launch of his father’s book on his birth anniversary. In a quivering voice, the Lok Janshakati Party leader said, “I am Ram Vilas Paswan ji’s son, sher ka beta hoon main (I am a lion’s son). Like papa was never scared, I will also never be scared.”

Referring to his rift with his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras over the control of his Lok Janshakti Party, he said that he will fight and win as well. 

“No matter how much people try to break us or make us bow down – like papa always walked on path of truth without getting scared, just like that we will also fight and we will win,” the former actor-turned-politician said in Hindi. 

“Papa wrote this book when he was alive. We had thought we would have a big event and launch the book, but fate wanted something else,” the 39-year-old said amid chants of ‘Ram Vilas Paswan amar rahe (immortal)’.

“I am beginning Ashirvad Yatra from Hajipur because it was my father’s work land. We will hold this yatra in every district. Our only aim is to take everyone’s blessings. I don’t have the status to show power to anyone. My own people have betrayed me,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

The LJP’s tussle came into light after Paras in place of Chirag Paswan was recognized as LJP’s leader to take Ram Vilas Paswan’s legacy forward after five out of the party’s six lawmakers sidelined Chirag. 

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The Speaker accepted Paras as the floor leader of the LJP in the lower house of Parliament. In a revised list of floor leaders of parties, Paras was listed as the Lok Sabha LJP leader.

Now the party has been divided into two wings. While the wing led by Chirag has expelled the five leaders who dissented him, the rival group has denounced him as their leader, showing their clear support for Paras. 

Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had remembered the deceased LJP leader to mark his birth anniversary. In a tweet, the Prime Minister wrote, “Today is the birth anniversary of my friend late Ram Vilas Paswan ji. Today he is sorely missed. He was one of the most experienced parliamentarians and administrators of India. His contribution to public service and empowerment of the underprivileged will always be remembered.”

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