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Published On: Wed, Jun 16th, 2021

Woman files rape complaint against Chirag Paswan’s cousin and ‘rebel’ LJP MP Prince Raj

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princeNEW DELHI : After Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Chirag Paswan mentioned of a complaint against his cousin Prince Raj Paswan of sexual misconduct, a woman on Tuesday night filed a complaint of rape against the Samastipur MP with the Delhi Police. According to sources as saying that the woman submitted a three-page complaint at the Connaught Place police station against Prince Raj, accusing him of raping her after spiking drink. The Delhi Police have reportedly not filed a case as yet. “Police are verifying the allegations against the Lok Sabha MP and after the outcome, a case will be registered,” the agency cited a source as saying.
This came as Chirag Paswan on Tuesday revealed a letter dated March 29 on Twitter, addressed to his uncle, which mentions the involvement of Prince in an alleged sexual act with a woman leader of the party. Media reports mention that Delhi Police sources have said that they have received a complaint and investigations are on. No FIR has been lodged, sources said. Prince Raj is the son of late Ram Chandra Paswan, the brother of late Ram Vilas Paswan, the founder of LJP, and Chirag’s father. After Ram Chandra Paswan passed away, Prince Raj contested from Samastipur with Chirag Paswan campaigning for him.
Chirag shared a letter dated March 29 to his uncle in which he had mentioned the complaint of sexual molestation by a woman party worker against Prince Raj. In the letter, the Jamui MP mentioned that Prince Raj was allegedly blackmailed by a woman over the allegations of “sexual exploitation”. While Paras did not pay attention to it, Chirag asked Raj to approach the police.”When this matter came to my knowledge, I suggested Prince Raj to register a complaint with the police. I have discussed this with Pasupati Kumar Paras, who is an elder in my family, but he did not take it seriously,” Chirag said in the letter.
The LJP has been witnessing high drama since Monday when Chirag was removed as the leader of the party in the Lok Sabha by his paternal uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras. Chirag’s cousin Prince Raj is among the five MPs, who revolted against the Jamui MP and got him removed as the leader of the party in the House on Monday. The rebel group then removed Chirag as the LJP president on Tuesday. After this, Ram Vilas Paswan’s son sacked five Lok Sabha MPs from the party for anti-party activities.
Addressing his first press conference since the crisis exploded, the sidelined LJP leader also defended decisions like contesting the Bihar election separately from the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, which was one of the reasons for his feud with his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras. “Today I have become an orphan after my uncle left me. Not when I lost my father,” said Paswan Junior, in comments that oscillated between tough and emotional. “When I was ill, the plan (coup) was made and executed by others.”
Pashupati Paras and four other MPs on Monday broke away and asked the Speaker to recognize them as a separate group, leaving Chirag Paswan, their leader, alone in what was a group of six MPs in the Lok Sabha. Mr Paras has rebuffed all attempts at a rapprochement and has been cold to Chirag Paswan’s reported compromise formula, to install his mother as LJP president in his place. “Till yesterday afternoon my mother and I tried to establish contact with my uncle. If you had asked me, I would have made you party’s parliamentary board chief,” Chirag Paswan told reporters.”We may have to fight a long legal battle on how the rebel group elected someone as its chairman.”

Pashupati Paras had been ranged against his nephew ever since he announced a solo fight. The 71-year-old first-time MP and six-term MLA had been strongly opposed to breaking away from the NDA, but Chirag Paswan had been firm on pitching Nitish Kumar as the enemy. The disenchantment within the party grew when LJP ended up with just one seat out of 243. But the LJP did make a bigger impact on the tally of Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United, which finished third and lost its pole position in the state compared to ally BJP.
Many believe Chief Minister Nitish Kumar got payback by helping LJP rebels bring down Chirag Paswan. Chirag reiterated today that he considered it a win. “We got huge support of people in the Bihar election, we got six per cent votes,” he said. “There were several reports of JDU trying to break the party. We saw that it was not possible for us to continue in an alliance with JDU. There were some people who wanted to live in the comfort zone. I agree and accept, if LJP would have gone with the JDU and NDA in Bihar, we would have swept the Bihar polls,” he added, accusing his uncle of not making enough effort.
Meanwhile, Chirag Paswan, who alleged a coup against him by a few members in the party, on Wednesday  appointed Raju Tiwari as Bihar’s LJP state president in place of Prince Raj. The development came as a woman lodged a complaint with the Connaught Place Police in Delhi against Prince Raj, an LJP MP from Samastipur in Bihar, and cousin of Chirag Paswan. In her three-page police complaint registered on June 15, the woman accused Prince of sexual assault.
Mr Paras has rebuffed all attempts at a rapprochement and has been cold to Chirag Paswan’s reported compromise formula, to install his mother as LJP president in his place. “Till yesterday afternoon my mother and I tried to establish contact with my uncle. If you had asked me, I would have made you party’s parliamentary board chief,” Chirag Paswan told reporters. “We may have to fight a long legal battle on how the rebel group elected someone as its chairman.”
(With Agency Inputs).

 

 

 

 

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