Ram Vilas Paswan
Ram Vilas Paswan

Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, has died, tweeted his son Chirag Paswan on Thursday evening. He was 74.

A leader from Bihar, Paswan had been functioning as the Union Minister of Food and Public Distribution in the NDA government.

Ram Vilas Paswan, who had remained in national politics for greater than five decades as well as is among the nation’s most recognisable Dalit leaders, had been hospitalised for the last few weeks in Delhi.

Paswan is the 2nd union minister to pass away in the space of two months – Suresh Angadi died of coronavirus in September.

Paswan first time was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1977 as a Janata Party member and was re-elected for 5 consecutive times from Hajipur constituency in Bihar. He had actually formed LJP in 2000 as well as joined Congress-led United Progressive Alliance in 2004.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP President JP Nadda have actually all spoken to Chirag on the phone offering their condolences, the LJP said in a statement.

Paswan had actually served as a Union Minister under 5 prime ministers as well as his party has actually belonged to all national coalitions. He hailed from Shaharbanni Village in Khagaria District of Bihar. His son, Chirag Paswan currently heads the LJP.

Last month, Paswan had actually said that he stood “firmly” with his son Chirag, and that he had “complete faith that Chirag will certainly take Bihar to new heights”. His support for his son was followed by a flurry of support for Chirag, who was authorized by the party to take a final call on whether to contest the Bihar political elections under the leadership of Chief Minister as well as JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar.

On Sunday, the LJP stated that it would fight the upcoming Bihar political elections separately– and also not as part of the judgment JD(U)-BJP partnership. However, it said that its alliance with the BJP at the Centre was “firm”, that its MLAs would certainly back the BJP in a post-poll circumstance, which the split for the Bihar polls was due to “ideological differences” with the JD(U).


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