Pashupati Kumar Paras
Official portrait, 2019
Minister of Food Processing Industries
Assumed office
7 July 2021
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byNarendra Singh Tomar
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
23 May 2019
Preceded byRam Vilas Paswan
President of the Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party
Assumed office
5 October 2021 (2021-10-05)
Preceded byOffice established
Personal details
Born (1952-07-12) 12 July 1952 (age 71)
Shaharbani, Bihar, India
Political partyRashtriya Lok Janshakti Party
Other political
Lok Janshakti Party

Pashupati Kumar Paras (born 12 July 1952) is an Indian politician who is currently serving as the Minister of Food Processing Industries in the Government of India since 2021. He is currently serving as a member of Lok Sabha from Hajipur (Lok Sabha constituency) since 2019.

He also held the post of the Minister of Animal and Fisheries Resources in the Government of Bihar.[1] He is the younger brother of late Ram Vilas Paswan and he was also the State President of the Bihar unit of Lok Janshakti Party.

He was elected as the National President of Lok Janshakti Party replacing Chirag Kumar Paswan in June 2021. After the faction in Lok Janshakti Party, he is National President of Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party since 2021.[2][3]

Political career

He has been a member of Bihar Legislative Assembly 7 times from Alauli since 1977. He has earlier served thrice as a minister in the state, having lost the last election in 2015. At the time of his appointment as a Minister in 2017, he was neither a member of Assembly nor Council and was therefore later accommodated as an MLC from the Governor's quota.[4][5]

He was elected as member of the 17th Lok Sabha in the 2019 Indian general election from Hajipur constituency.[6] He became Minister of Food Processing Industry in Second Modi ministry when cabinet overhaul happened.[7]


  1. ^ "'No formalin threat to fish lovers in Bihar'". The Times of India. 20 July 2018. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  2. ^ "EC allots 'Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party' to Pashupati Paras | Latest News & Updates at". DNA India. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Lok Janshakti Party EC allots name Lok Janshakti Party Ram Vilas and election symbol Helicopter to Chirag Paswan Pashupati Kumar Paras Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party एलजेपी के हुए दो फाड़, EC ने बना दिए 2 दल, चिराग पासवान के दल का नाम हुआ लोक जनशक्ति पार्टी (रामविलास | Times Now Navbharat Hindi News". 5 October 2021. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  4. ^ Won’t agree on less than 7 Lok Sabha seats: Paras
  5. ^ Singh, Santosh (30 July 2017). "Most JDU faces retained in 28-member Nitish Cabinet: BJP gets 11, LJP one". The Indian Express. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Hajipur election result: Ram Vilas Paswan's brother Pasupati Kumar Paras wins, beats RJD's Shiv Chandra Ram | The Financial Express". 24 May 2019. Retrieved 19 January 2023.
  7. ^ "Modi cabinet rejig: Full list of new ministers". India Today. Retrieved 7 July 2021.