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Chhedi Paswan
Member of Parliament (India)
Assumed office
16 May 2014
Preceded byMeira Kumar
Member of Parliament (India)
In office
Preceded byJagjivan Ram
Succeeded byMuni Lall
Personal details
Born (1956-02-04) 4 February 1956 (age 65)
Sasaram, Bihar, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party (2014-)
Other political
Janata Dal (United)
Spouse(s)Premkali Devi
ResidenceSasaram, Rohtas district, Bihar
Alma materPatna University
ProfessionSocial Worker

Chhedi Paswan (born 4 February 1956) is a former member of 16th Lok Sabha and a former member of Bihar Legislative Assembly. He represents the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since 2014.[1] At various points, he has been with Janata Party, then its Charan Singh faction, then the reunited Janata Dal, Bahujan Samaj Party, Nationalist Congress Party, Lalu Prasad Yadav's RJD and Nitish Kumar's JD(U).


He lost 1980 Bihar vidhan sabha election as member of Charan Singh faction from Chenari constituency. Between 1985–89, he was a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Bihar, where he represented the Lok Dal party from the Chenari. He was Secretary General of the Yuva Lok Dal in Bihar between 1987–89.[citation needed]

Paswan was elected to the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament of India, in 1989 and 1991 as a Janata Dal candidate from Sasaram constituency, defeating Meira Kumar of the Indian National Congress party on both occasions. He lost the 1996 Lok Sabha election to Muni Lall of the BJP. He also lost Lok Sabha election from Sasaram in 1998 as member of NCP and in 1999 as member of BSP.[2] He was then elected to Bihar Vidhan Sabha (2000-2005) from Chenari as member of Lalu Prasad's RJD. He then joined Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United) and lost election from Mohania seat in February 2005, and won from there in October 2005 and 2010.[3]

He defected to the BJP in 2014 from Janata Dal (United) after alleging party leader Nitish Kumar was acting in an autocratic manner.[4] He contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election and won the Sasaram seat but the victory was set aside by the Patna High Court on the grounds that his election affidavit did not mention criminal cases pending against him.[5] The Supreme Court of India stayed the order but Paswan's voting rights were not restored, which prevented him from voting in the 2017 Presidential elections.[6]

Personal life

Paswan was born on 4 February 1956 in Sasaram to Ramchandra Paswan and Laxmina Devi. He was awarded a M.A. degree in Labour and Social Welfare from the Patna University. He is married to Premkali Devi. He has three sons and two daughters.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Chhedi Paswan". Government of India. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Sasaram Lok Sabha Election Result - Parliamentary Constituency".
  3. ^ "Mohania Assembly Constituency Election Result - Legislative Assembly Constituency".
  4. ^ Raj, Anand (9 March 2014). "Peeved Dalit leader joins BJP - Rajya Sabha MP left in lurch; Chhedi hurt at Nitish's style of work". The Telegraph.
  5. ^ "Patna High Court sets aside BJP MP Chhedi Paswan's election". Indian Express. 29 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Presidential election: Despatches from the Parliament and Assemblies". The Hindu. 19 July 2017.