New Delhi, Oct 8: Union Minister and founder of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Ram Vilas Paswan passed away on Thursday. He had recently undergone heart surgery at a Delhi hospital. He was 74.
Ram Vilas Paswan was undergoing treatment at the hospital, and had to undergo surgery on Saturday "due to the situation that had suddenly emerged," his son Chirag Paswan had tweeted on Saturday. Chirag Paswan, MP, paid condolences to his father, sharing a photo of him and his father on social media."Papa, you are no more in this world now but I know that wherever you are, you are with me. Miss you Papa," Chirag Paswan said in a tweet.
Ram Vilas Paswan was Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in the Narendra Modi government. He was also a minister in the previous NDA government. Taking to the social media, PM Narendra Modi said, "I am saddened beyond words. There is a void in our nation that will perhaps never be filled. Shri Ram Vilas Paswan Ji’s demise is a personal loss. I have lost a friend, valued colleague and someone who was extremely passionate to ensure every poor person leads a life of dignity."
"Shri Ram Vilas Paswan Ji rose in politics through hardwork and determination. As a young leader, he resisted tyranny and the assault on our democracy during the Emergency. He was an outstanding Parliamentarian and Minister, making lasting contributions in several policy areas. Working together, shoulder to shoulder with Paswan Ji has been an incredible experience. His interventions during Cabinet Meetings were insightful. From political wisdom, statesmanship to governance issues, he was brilliant. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti," he added.
Later on, President Ram Nath Kovind also condoled saying, "In the demise of Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, the nation has lost a visionary leader. He was among the most active and longest-serving members of parliament. He was the voice of the oppressed, and championed the cause of the marginalised."
"A firebrand socialist in youth, mentored by the likes of Jayaprakash Narayan during anti-Emergency movement, Paswan ji had enviable rapport with masses and he ardently strove for their welfare. Condolences to his family and supporters," he added.
Born on July 5, 1946, near Khagaria, he completed a master's and a law degree. He was selected as deputy superintendent of police but decided to pursue a career in politics. As Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Paswan took measures against overpricing and reducing the use of plastic in the packaging of water bottles.
Paswan was one of the prominent leader in national politics who was a nine-time member of Lok Sabha. He was active for over four decades since he entered Lok Sabha from Bihar's Hajipur in 1977 with a record margin. The victory also made it to the Guinness Book of Records. The seventy-four-year-old leader was a sitting member of Rajya Sabha from Bihar and had been elected to the Upper House of Parliament in 2010 also.
As a mark of respect to the Cabinet Minister, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday announced that the National Flag will be flown at half-mast on Friday in Delhi and Capitals of all States and UTs where it is regularly flown, and also on the day of the funeral at the place where the funeral will take place.