Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ram Vilas takes on Paswan in Hajipur

Ram Vilas Bhagat found himself abducted and, more importantly, fighting the polls at the age of 97. The villager from Miles Pakri of Bihar's Vaishali district was allegedly abducted by some goons from his home on April 16 and made to file nomination papers from the Hajipur parliamentary seat only because he shared his name with LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan.

Interestingly, the nonagenarian was made to change his surname from 'Bhagat' to 'Paswan' through an affidavit before filing his papers. But things took a curious turn when Bhagat's family members came to know about his nomination papers. They somehow got a tip-off that Bhagat was abducted by an influential villager.

They then threatened to lodge an FIR if Bhagat was not released from captivity immediately.

After his release, Bhagat and his family members came to Paswan's residence to inform him about the episode. Bhagat said he was kept in captivity for a night and forced to file his nomination papers. His daughterin- law Kusum Devi said her father- inlaw was made to change his surname from 'Bhagat' to 'Paswan'. It was a bid to create confusion in the minds of the voters so that his votes could split, the Lok Janshakti Party president said. "By fielding a person having the same name they (rivals) want to create confusion among the electorate. But they will not succeed," he said, adding that five 'Paswans' were fielded in the last elections too.

Senior LJP leader Pashupati Kumar Paras will seek a legal opinion before taking further action in the case, Paswan said. Hajipur will go to vote on May 7.

Source: Mail Today

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