Rahul Gandhi, Rajnath Singh visit Chirag Paswan on his father’s first death anniversary


New Delhi: Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi met LJP (Ram Vilas) leader Chirag Paswan on his father’s first death anniversary, even as opposition parties asked the Dalit leader to join their camp.

Senior BJP leaders and Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Mahendra Nath Pandey, RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav and CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury also met the young leader to pay tribute to his father.

Chirag Paswan said his father enjoyed excellent personal relations with politicians across party lines, which was underscored by the presence of members of the ruling BJP-led NDA as well as opposition parties.

Several other leaders including Congress President Sonia Gandhi and NCP chief Sharad Pawar also sent their condolence messages, he said.

He reiterated his party’s demand for the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor for his father, who was part of several governments led by rival coalitions at various times.

The young MP thanked the Modi government for conferring the Padma Bhushan award on his father.

Gandhi visited Paswan’s Janpath residence, which was his father Ram Vilas Paswan’s home, and spent time with him and his family members as people paid tribute to one of the tallest Dalit leaders, who passed away last year. had gone.

In a tweet, Gandhi said, “Heartfelt tributes to Ram Vilas Paswan on his first death anniversary. Also met Lalu Prasad Yadav on the occasion. Glad to see him in good health.”

Gandhi’s visit to the LJP leader comes amid a growing distance between him and the BJP, when the ruling party left him for another LJP faction, now renamed the Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party, led by his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras. who was a Union Minister.

Opposition leaders in Bihar, including RJD president Yadav and his son Tejashwi Yadav, are urging Chirag Paswan to join their camp.

However, sources said that not much should be read about Gandhi’s visit at Paswan’s residence as he had invited leaders of various parties.

Leaders of various parties including BJP and RJD were present at a function held in Patna last month.

Chirag Paswan, however, keeps his cards close to his chest, insisting that his immediate priority is to build his own party.

A sharp critic of Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar, he has been less vocal in attacking the BJP and has at times praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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