Why Pashupati Paras of the RLJP quits from the Modi Cabinet?

According to Pashupati Paras, his party had been the victim of injustice. “Therefore, I resign from the post of Union Minister.”

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News Anchor: Good evening, and welcome to our prime-time news segment. Today, we bring you the latest developments from the political landscape in Bihar, where significant changes have been felt within the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) following the resignation of Pashupati Kumar Paras from the Modi Cabinet. This move comes just a day after BJP and RLJP leaders were in dispute about seats in the NDA coalition. Let’s delve into the details of this setback and its potential ramifications.

Joining us to analyze this situation are political analysts and long-time friends, Maya and Rahul. Maya, Rahul, thank you for being with us.

Maya: Thank you for having us; it’s always a pleasure.

Rahul: Absolutely, glad to be here.

News Anchor: Maya, I’ll start with you. The resignation of Pashupati Paras seems to have caught many by surprise. What do you make of this move, especially considering its timing?

Maya: Indeed, it’s quite a sudden development. Pashupati Paras’ decision to resign from the Modi Cabinet appears to be a direct response to the denial of seats to his party, the Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party (RLJP), within the NDA alliance.

Paras, who is the younger brother of late Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, has been vocal about his dissatisfaction with the seat-sharing arrangement. His resignation underscores the growing discontent within the NDA, particularly in Bihar, ahead of the upcoming assembly elections.

Today, the NDA alliance made public the list of 40 candidates for the Bihar Lok Sabha. There were five MPs in our party, and I worked hard. We and our party have been the victims of injustice. I therefore tender my resignation as Union Minister,” he declared.

News Anchor: Rahul, what implications do you foresee for the NDA coalition following Pashupati Paras’ resignation?

Rahul: Well, this move could potentially strain the unity within the NDA in Bihar. Pashupati Paras commands a significant political following, particularly among certain communities in the state. His departure from the Modi Cabinet and possibly from the NDA alliance could weaken the coalition’s electoral prospects in the upcoming polls. Moreover, it may embolden other disgruntled allies within the NDA to reassess their positions and demands, thereby further complicating the political landscape.

Maya: According to the agreement, the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led JD (U) would run for 16 seats, Chirag Paswan’s LJP for 5, and the BJP for 17.

The LJP, led by Chirag, is going to run for five seats: Jamui, Vaishali, Samastipur, Hajipur, and Khagariya.

The LJP, in its entirety, had taken six seats in the previous election. For his party, Pashupati Paras had anticipated these seats. The BJP, however, chose Chirag.
The Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) and the Hindustani Aawam Morcha (HAM), both led by Jitan Ram Manjhi, will compete for one seat each.

Rahul: Absolutely! “Pashchim Champaran, Purvi Champaran, Aurangabad, Madhubani, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Maharajganj, Saran, Begusarai, Nawada, Patna Sahib, Patliputra, Aara, Buxar, and Sasaram are a few of the important seats that the BJP will run for.”.

Sitamadhi, Jhanjharpur, Supaul, Kishanganj, Katihar, Purnia, Madhepura, Gopalganj, Siwan, Bhagalpur, Banka, Munger, Nalanda, Jehanabad, and Sheohar seats have been allotted to the JD (U).

News Anchor: Indeed, the ramifications of Pashupati Paras’ resignation could be far-reaching. Maya, what do you think prompted Paras to take such a drastic step?

Maya: It’s evident that Pashupati Paras’ decision stems from a sense of disillusionment with the NDA leadership, particularly regarding the allocation of seats in Bihar. The RLJP had expressed its desire for a more equitable distribution of constituencies, arguing for a larger share to reflect its political standing.

However, the denial of seats seems to have pushed Pashupati Paras to the brink, prompting him to assert his party’s autonomy by resigning from the Modi Cabinet. This move serves as a statement of defiance against what he perceives as unfair treatment by the NDA leadership.

News Anchor: Rahul, do you think there’s a possibility of reconciliation between Pashupati Paras and the NDA leadership in the future?

Rahul: It’s difficult to say at this point. While political alliances are often characterized by pragmatism and the pursuit of common goals, Paras’ resignation signals a significant rift that may not be easily bridged. However, in the unpredictable world of politics, we can’t rule out the possibility of backchannel negotiations or strategic realignments aimed at resolving the impasse. Much will depend on how both sides navigate the fallout from this development and whether they can find common ground to salvage their relationship.

News Anchor: Thank you, Maya and Rahul, for your insights into this developing story. As the political drama unfolds in Bihar, we’ll continue to monitor the situation closely and bring you the latest updates. Stay tuned for more on this and other news stories right here on our channel. “Stay Tuned for updates.”

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FAQ

1. Why has Pashupati Paras resigned as union minister?

Pashupati Kumar Paras of the RLJP quits the Modi Cabinet one day after being refused seats.

2. Pashupati Paras belongs to which party?

Pashupati Paras is the president of the Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party (RLJP).

3. Pashupati Paras resigned from which union ministry?

Pashupati Paras resigned from the food processing industry.

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