On March 18, 1999, 34 upper caste men were forced out of their homes in Senari village of Jehanabad district allegedly by cadres of the now defunct Maoist Communist Centre (MCC), and slaughtered near the village temple.
Nitish was responding to media queries at Janata Durbar which resumed after five-and-a-half years -- the government had been facing the Opposition’s criticism for not interacting with people, especially during the pandemic. The CM said he will now meet people on three Mondays every month.
Former Union minister Upendra Kushwaha’s tour -- an official party outreach -- is an ostensible bid to nurture a second line of leadership in the JD(U) and is also being touted as a silent battle of succession between Singh and Kushwaha.
RCP Singh will always be the frontrunner for succeeding Nitish Kumar along with former Union minister and JD (U) parliamentary board chairman Upendra Kushwaha. While RCP Singh lacks a mass-base, he is considered a deft strategist and Nitish's second-in-command.
R C P Singh's caste status – OBC Kurmi – may have played a vital role in his induction, party leaders said, as the BJP might be sending out a signal to the Kurmi/Patel communities ahead of next year's Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.
Stating that the party had never been in contention for a Cabinet berth, LJP principal general secretary Abdul Khalique told The Indian Express, “We have no issues at Paras being made a (Union) minister. But he cannot be treated as an LJP minister.”
Reacting to speculation about Paras getting a cabinet berth, Chirag said, “As per rules, it is a political party that nominates its minister after the PM communicates his decision to a party president about including any of its leaders in the Union cabinet."
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, who has previously made remarks about his wish to see Chirag in the grand alliance, on Sunday said, “My father Lalu Prasad and Ram Vilas Paswan come from the same socialist stream of politics. My father stood by Paswan-ji when he was alone.”
The party’s decision to give 33 per cent of the posts to women in its organisation comes close on the heels of the state government’s announcement to allot 33 per cent seats to women in medical and engineering colleges.
With the LJP headed for a split and in the midst of a public family tussle, The Sunday Express tells the story of how Ram Vilas Paswan built his party around two generations of his family. Until, one day, the threads that bound party and family began unraveling.
On Monday, Paras, himself an MP, had claimed support of four of the five remaining MPs of the LJP barring Chirag, and removed Chirag as the parliamentary party leader. Paras claimed he was "not breaking the party", but "saving it".
The dramatic developments in the LJP over the past two days have seen Chirag Paswan lose control over the party that his father, the late Ram Vilas Paswan, founded over two decades ago. How did this situation come about?