Paswan’s daugh­ter protests against him for call­ing Rabri ‘an­gootha chhap’

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Nation - Sub­hash Pathak sub­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com ▪

PATNA: Union min­is­ter and Lok Jan­shakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vi­las Paswan’s daugh­ter on Sun­day protested against him for al­legedly call­ing for­mer Bi­har chief min­is­ter Rabri Devi ‘an­gootha chhap’ (il­lit­er­ate).

Two days ago, Paaswan crit­i­cised Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad for op­pos­ing 10% quota for the poor in the gen­eral cat­e­gory, and said that RJD lead­ers in­dulged only in slo­gan shout­ing and mak­ing an ‘an­gootha chhap’ as CM.

His el­dest daugh­ter Asha Paswan staged a dharna in front of the party of­fice to protest his ‘out­ra­geous’ re­marks against Rabri Devi. Asha is among the two daugh­ters of Paswan’s first wife, Ra­jku­mari Devi. Asha is the wife of Anil Ku­mar Sadhu, state chief of RJD’s Dalit Prakosth. Be­fore join­ing the RJD, he headed the Dalit Sena, a wing of LJP, as its state pres­i­dent.

Lead­ing a demon­stra­tion with her sup­port­ers in front of the LJP of­fice on Peer Ali Path near Patna air­port, Asha said she would con­tinue her ag­i­ta­tion un­til the LJP chief apologises for his re­marks.

“Paswan’s re­marks were not out­ra­geous to Rabri Devi only, but they were in­tended to in­sult all women. Such com­ments re­flect his mind­set to­wards half of the so­ci­ety,” said Asha, as she con­tin­ued shout­ing slo­gans along with her sup­port­ers.

In 1997, Rabri Devi re­placed her hus­band Lalu Prasad as chief min­is­ter for the first time after he was jailed in a fod­der scam. She did not have any for­mal ed­u­ca­tion. Ac­cus­ing her fa­ther of nur­tur­ing anti-women men­tal­ity, Asha al­leged that Paswan had ditched her mother as she was also il­lit­er­ate. A cou­ple of years after di­vorc­ing Ra­jku­mari, Paswan mar­ried Rina from Am­rit­sar in 1983. Rina is the mother of Ja­mui MP and Paswan’s son Chi­rag Paswan. Asha al­leged that Paswan al­ways pro­moted his sons and never took care of daugh­ters. Asha has al­ready de­clared her in­ten­tion to fight from Ha­jipur, the con­stituency from where Ram Vi­las Paswan was elected to the Lok Sabha, on an RJD ticket. Her hus­band, Sadhu, is also as­pir­ing to con­test the Lok Sabha elec­tion.

Se­nior Con­gress leader and Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber Akhilesh Prasad Singh con­demned Paswan’s com­ments and said such state­ments suit the per­son­al­ity of Paswan.

Paswan, how­ever, re­futed mak­ing any com­ments against Rabri Devi dur­ing his con­ver­sa­tion in Par­lia­ment, say­ing that he was not a leader of foul mouth.

SANTOSH KU­MAR/HT

▪ RJD leader Asha Paswan (cen­tre), daugh­ter of Union min­is­ter Ram Vi­las Paswan, and her sup­port­ers protest out­side his party of­fice in Patna on Sun­day.

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