Sep 15 : Union Minister and Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJP) supremo Ram Vilas Paswan will face a tough fight in 2019 Lok Sabha elections as her daughter Asha is likely to contest against him as an RJD candidate.
Asha Devi, the daughter of Paswan and his first wife Raj Kumari Devi, said on Friday that she would join the poll fray against the Union minister for consumer affairs, food and public distribution. “I am going to contest against him (Paswan) if I get an RJD ticket,” she said.
Ram Vilas Paswan is a parliamentarian from Hajipur (reserved) constituency and his son Chirag Paswan represents Jamui (reserved) parliamentary seat.
Paswan is facing a revolt from within his family as Anil Sadhu, who is married to Asha, has accused the LJP of treating members of scheduled castes as ‘ bonded labourers’ and claimed there was widespread resentment against Paswan within his own caste group.
Asha Paswan is Ram Vilas Paswan’s younger daughter from his first wife Raj Kumari Devi. Paswan had divorced his first wife in 1981 and married a Punjabi Brahmin in 1983.
While talking to reporters ,Anil Sadhu also alleged that Paswan has been promoting his son Chirag Paswan whom he got elected to the Lok Sabha and appointed as the chairman of the party’s parliamentary board.
He further said his daughters from his first marriage have always got a raw deal.
Asked whether he or his wife would like to contest against Paswan or Chirag in the next Lok Sabha polls, Sadhu said “both of us are ready to take up the challenge, provided Lalu Prasad and Tejashwi Yadav agree to give us tickets”.