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?
The five MPs — Pashupati Kumar Paras (Hajipur), Choudhary Mehboob Ali Qaisar (Khagaria), Chandan Kumar (Nawada), Veena Devi (Vaishali) and Prince Raj (Samastipur) —met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Sunday evening and again on Monday, saying that they have elected Paras as LJP parliamentary party leader and Kaiser as deputy leader.
Till June 9, just over 60 lakh people out of the estimated 3.19 crore (roughly 18%) in the 45-age group had been vaccinated in the state. The total number of those vaccinated in the state stands at 1.14 crore.
Road construction department additional chief secretary Amrit Lal Meena said, “The BRPNNL (Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam Limited) decided to reduce the width of the proposed overbridge for a certain distance to ensure that the Lord Curzon reading hall...is not demolished.”
In a special category state, the Centre-state funding of Centrally-sponsored schemes has a ratio of 90:10, unlike a share of 60:40 or 80:20 in other states. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been demanding special category status for the state since 2007.
The NITI Aayog’s SDG index evaluates the progress of states and Union Territories on various parameters including health, education, gender, economic growth, institutions, climate change and environment.