Union Minister and founder of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) Ram Vilas Paswan passed away on Wednesday at the age of eight. His son Chirag Paswan broke the news from his Twitter handle. Paswan recently underwent heart surgery in Delhi. He has served as the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in the Central Government.
The reaction of the political fraternity mourning Paswan and his demise was said to be a great loss to Indian politics and the country. Paswan, who raises strong questions about Dalits and raises the voice of common man’s concern.
Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athavale said, “Ram Vilas Paswan had a big heart. He strengthened his Lok Janshakti Party and worked for the establishment of Dalit army in the country. There is a loss. I express my heartfelt condolences to his family. “
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “I want to remember that after the Emergency, when the Lok Sabha elections were held in 1977, Ram Vilas Paswan won by more than one lakh votes. My humble tribute to him. One of us in the country lost. True son.”
Union Minister of State Amit Shah said Paswan’s absence from Indian politics and the Union Cabinet would be felt forever.
He said, “The Modi government is committed to fulfilling the dream of welfare of the poor and development of Bihar. My condolences to their families and supporters. I pray for the peace of the departed soul,” he said.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “The demise of Ram Vilas Paswan ji is very sad news. He has been fighting for all Dalits and backward classes all his life. He was very active in the cabinet. He had great faith in Prime Minister Modi.”
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the country lost its greatest leader who was always advocating for Dalits, poor, SC-STs.
“Whether it is the government or the opposition, it has always represented the poorest people. I pray to God that their souls may have peace and their families may have peace.”
Bharatiya Janata Party President J.P. Nadda said, “We saw him as a firebrand leader who cared about the poor and the downtrodden. He always made friends with all parties, regardless of ministerial position in any government. May his soul rest in peace and may God give strength to his family.”
Paswan has been a member of the Lok Sabha for more than four decades since he entered the Lok Sabha from Hajipur, Bihar in 1977 with a record margin. The victory also earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records.
The 74-year-old leader was a permanent member of the Rajya Sabha in Bihar and was also elected to the upper house of Parliament in 2010.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has expressed grief over the demise of Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, the Bihar Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said in a statement.
Kumar said Paswan was a high profile figure in Indian politics – a strong organizer with a sharp speaker, popular leader, competent administrator, loving personality. Kumar said it was his personal loss.
Former Bihar Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Rabri Devi said, “May God grant them peace and strength to their families. This is a loss for the entire politics in Bihar, the people are sad. The whole RJD is sad that such a high leader has left us.” Our whole family is sad. “
RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav said, “Today Chirag Paswan was most needed when Ram Vilas Paswan ji passed away. Our deepest condolences to his family, we stand with him. I started my political career with Paswan ji, as many election campaigners.” In 2010, RJD and LJP were in an alliance. “
Meanwhile, yoga guru Ramdev mourned the demise of Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party founder Ram Vilas Paswan and said he fought for the welfare of the people.
“Peace to his soul. He fought for the welfare of the poor. I am deeply saddened by the untimely demise of Ram Vilas Paswan ji. He has been associated for two decades. I spoke to his son Chirag Paswan. I prayed to God to give his family the strength to bear the loss.” Ramdev said.
Rajya Sabha member and Congress general secretary Mallikarjun Kharge said, “I am deeply saddened and saddened to hear of the untimely demise of Ram Vilas Paswan ji. I express my heartfelt and heartfelt condolences to his family for the loss. Consider it my personal loss. “
“This is an irreparable loss not only to the people of Bihar but to the entire country. This loss of the poor, neglected and depressed class will be felt more acutely, especially in times of great uncertainty. We will always remember his contribution to their upliftment, ”Kharge added
Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP president JP Nadda and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis called on LJP president Chirag Paswan to mourn the death of Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan.
Born near Khagaria on July 6, he completed his master’s and law degree. He was elected Deputy Superintendent of Police but decided to pursue a career in politics.
RJD leader Lalu Prasad, who has described Indian politics as “weatherproof”, described Paswan as a “meteorologist” for his ability to accurately predict political events.
MP Paswan, who has the skills of debate, did not believe in attacking politically but his words did not violate the norms of parliamentary civility.
As Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Paswan took measures against excessive prices in water bottle packaging and reduction in the use of plastic.