LJP leader and Jamui MP Chirag Paswan on Tuesday said while it was the Prime Minister’s discretion to make anyone minister, Hajipur MP Pashupati Kumar Paras cannot be made a minister from the LJP quota as the party has already suspended him and four other MPs from primary membership.
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. Paras and four MPs are not yet recognised as a separate group. Nor has Election Commission of India given it a party symbol.”
On Monday, Chirag returned to Bihar with a rousing welcome to the launch of his ‘Aashirwad Yatra’ from the Paswans’ turf of Hajipur.