After the continued friction between Chirag Paswan and Pashupati Paras regarding using the name Lok Janshakti Party, the Election Commission (EC) allocated separate party names and symbols to these two leaders. Days after barring Chirag Paswan and Pashupati Paras from using the name of Lok Janshakti Party or its symbol, the ‘bungalow’. While issuing separate letters to Paswan and Paras, the poll panel announced the name ‘Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas)’ and election symbol ‘Helicopter’ to the Chirag Paswan Group. On the other hand, the commission allotted ‘Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party’ as party name for Paras group and election symbol as ‘Sewing Machine’. In the coming by-election, these two parties are asked to use the newly allotted symbol and party names only if any candidate from these parties will participate in the election.
In an Interim order on October 2, the election commission barred both factions from using the name of Lok Janshakti Party or its symbol until the dispute between them did not settle down. The interim order was signed by Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra and fellow Election Commissioners Rajiv Kumar and Anup Chandra Pandey.