Ram Vilas Paswan, Union minister of consumer affairs, food and public distribution who was under medical observation in a Delhi hospital passed away late on Thursday. The 74-year-old recently underwent heart surgery in a Delhi hospital.
The minister’s son, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Chirag Paswan took to his Twitter account to drop the news with a heartfelt note and a throwback picture of them together. ”Papa… Now you are not in this world but I know you are always with me wherever you are. Miss you Papa,” Chirag Paswan tweeted this evening.
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
Born on 5 July, 1946 at a village near Khagaria in the eastern region of Bihar, Paswan was one of the country’s most noted Dalit leaders. Despite clearing the Bihar civil service examination, and selected to be a deputy superintendent of police Paswan joined politics as a member of Samyukta Socialist Party.
Paswan was elected to Lok Sabha for the first time in 1977 as Janata Party member and for re-elected five consecutive times from Hajipur constituency in Bihar. He then formed LJP in 2000 and joined Congress-led United Progressive Alliance in 2004. Ram Vilas Paswan has served as a Union Minister under five prime ministers and his party has been a member of all national coalitions.
Politicians, fans and followers flooded social media with condolence messages. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoles the death of Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswa.