Paswan, however, rushed to clarify that he had never been in contention and Sinha had only expressed his individual opinion.
The government has sought Rs 284.45 crore in basic damages and Rs 355.50 crore in punitive damages.
Ram Vilas Paswan tabled the Consumer Protection Bill 2015 in the Lok Sabha Monday amid the uproar by Congress members over the Lalit Modi and Vyapam issues.
In June, FSSAI had banned Maggi noodles after it found its 30 samples “unsafe and hazardous” for human consumption.
Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan discusses Bihar politics, Parliament standoff and caste census. Excerpts from interviews to Santosh Singh in Patna and Liz Mathew in New Delhi.
Sinha said Paswan could be a good candidate for the top post because of ‘his acceptability among all leaders and his long standing political career’.
Ram Vilas Paswan said actions have rightly instilled the “fear” among those selling “sub-standard products”.
Paswan accused Mayawati of ‘dividing Dalits into sub-castes’, ‘separating Pasis and Khatiks’ and not doing anything even for her own caste.
BJP started discussions over seat-sharing with its allies and during the Shah-Paswan meeting, it was decided that all NDA allies will campaign jointly.
Paswan said his ministry was planning to amend the Consumer Affairs Act to act against those involved in “misleading” advertisements.
Paswan said that any action against Nestle and Maggi at the national level could be taken only after receiving tests results from different states.
Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan: Whatever could be achieved in a year was achieved, the controversies courted by certain elements in the BJP had not sent the “right signal”
In assessing his government’s first year, Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan says controversial remarks from within BJP and affiliates have sent wrong signals.
On Bihar polls, Paswan said he would talk of seat-sharing at an opportune time and his party would accept the CM candidate chosen by BJP.
Paswan also advocated reservation in the private sector and the judiciary.