The Lok Jan Shakti Party
is a state political party
in the state Bihar
. It is led by Ram Vilas Paswan
. The party was formed in 2000 when Paswan split from Janata Dal
. The party has considerable following amongst Dalits
. The 2004 Lok Sabha elections
marked a major break-through for the party. It contested the polls in alliance with the Indian National Congress
and the RJD
and won 4 Lok Sabha seats. In the post-poll formed United Progressive Alliance
led government, Ramvilas Paswan became the minister of Steel and Fertilizers. In the 2005 Bihar assembly polls the party contested in alliance with the Congress and against the RJD and won 29 assembly seats.
After no group was able to form a coalition government, President's rule
was imposed. After a few months Bihar's state assembly was dissolved. The elections returned NDA
supported Nitish Kumar
as Chief Minister. This has been a major setback for Paswan.
Among other developments, Jan Morcha
the party founded by former Prime Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh
was merged with the LJP in March 2009. Jan Morcha president Ajeya Singh, son of Vishvanath Pratap Singh was immediately appointed as a senior LJP functionary. On the more disastrous side LJP suffered a major jolt when, its entire Jharkhand Unit merged with the Congress before the 2009 elections citing that Mr. Paswan had 'ignored' them.