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Chirag Paswan accuses Nitish Kumar of anti-Dalit mentality, says will expose true face of Kumar

Paswan also accused Nitish Kumar of trying to split the party by dividing the Paswan community

Lok Janshakti Party chief Chirag Paswan on Monday accused Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of anti-Dalit mentality. Referring to the 2015 tussle with former Chief Minister and Dalit leader Jitan Ram Manjhi, Paswan said Kumar mistreats Dalits within his own party.

Speaking to NDTV.com on Monday, Paswan also accused Nitish Kumar of trying to split the party by dividing the Paswan community – a subsection of Dalits that form six percent of Bihar. Paswan referred to the creation of the Mahadalit sub-group in 2006.

If you see the political journey then it is clear… he has been splitting the Lok Janshakti Party since February 2005, when 27 were elected on our ticket. Subsequently, he kept on splitting our legislature party in Bihar, Chirag Paswan told NDTV.com.

See how he treated Dalits within his own party, including the unceremonious way Jitan Ram Manjhi has thrown out of power. I will expose the true face of Nitish Kumar and inform Dalits across the country, especially in Bihar, during my roadshow, which will be across all Assembly constituencies, Paswan added.

A few days ago, five out of Lok Janshakti Party six MPs in the Lok Sabha revolted against party chief Chirag Paswan and met speaker Om Birla with a letter. This development comes months after over 200 party leaders switched camps to JD(U).

The rebellion was led by Hajipur MP Pashupati Kumar Paras, who is the younger brother of late LJP founder Ram Vilas Paswan. Four LJP MPs – Chandan Singh, Veena Devi, Mehboob Ali Kaiser, and Prince Raj – backed Paras as the leader of the party’s parliamentary board, leaving party national president Chirag Paswan isolated.

The seeds of the revolt against Paswan were sown when he decided to break away from the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the November during Bihar election and focused his energies on defeating ally Nitish Kumar.

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While the LJP won just one assembly seat out of Bihar’s 243, the party cost Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United (JDU) at least 32 seats. For Nitish Kumar, it meant a vastly diminished status in the NDA with the BJP emerging as the dominant partner.

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