HAJIPUR, Jan. 8 -- Union minister and Hajipur MP Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday declared he would not be contesting the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

This is the first time Paswan has said so in public.

"Since I have completed 50 years in politics,I have now have decided to serve the people as long as I live through the Rajya Sabha. But the people of Hajipur would continue to be in my heart and home as members of a family," he said after inaugurating Bihar's 17 th Post Office Passport Seva Kendra in the premises of general post office at Hajipur.

Asked who would be replacing him as candidate form Hajipur in LS polls, Paswan said the parliamentary board of his party LJP was empowered to decide the candidature. "But one thing is clear. My w...