Ram Vilas Paswan, veteran Indian politician and founder of Lok Janshakti Party, has died in a hospital days after undergoing heart surgery. The 74-year-old politician from Hajipur in Bihar was the Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution in the Centre’s Narendra Modi government.
Reacting to his father’s death, son Chirag Paswan tweeted, “Papa…. You are no longer in this world but I know that wherever you are you are always with me. Miss you Papa.”
पापा….अब आप इस दुनिया में नहीं हैं लेकिन मुझे पता है आप जहां भी हैं हमेशा मेरे साथ हैं।
Miss you Papa… pic.twitter.com/Qc9wF6Jl6Z
— युवा बिहारी चिराग पासवान (@iChiragPaswan) October 8, 2020
Chirag also shared an old photo of himself as a baby with his father.
MP and lawyer, Abhishek Manu Singhvi tweeted, “Tributes to Ram Vilas Paswan Ji. Your journey from a marginalised society to reach to the top of Indian democracy shall keep inspiring every Indian who is deprived. I have seen you rising as Pheonix from ashes every time.”
Former Prime Minister HD Devegowda tweeted, ‘I am deeply saddened by the demise of Union Minister and 8-term MP Shri. Ram Vilas Paswan ji. He was very dear to me and had worked as the Railways Minister in my cabinet. Losing a very senior leader like him is a great loss for our country.”
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “It’s extremely sad to hear the news of Ram Vilas Paswan ji’s untimely death. The Dalit and underprivileged class has lost a powerful political voice. Condolences to his family.
Paswan’s death comes just days after Bihar goes to assembly polls, where the LJP has decided to contest alone.
Paswan had won Lok Sabha elections from Hajipur between 1977 and 2014. He had created a world record by winning the 1977 Lok Sabha polls with a margin of 4.24 lakh votes. This was broken by PV Narasimha Rao when he won from the Nandyal constituency in 1991 by over 5 lakh votes.