Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister and founder of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), has died. Ram Vilas Paswan had undergone a heart surgery a couple of days ago. However, on Thursday, his son and LJP chief Chirag Paswan informed about his father's demise on his official Twitter handle and said his father will always be with him. "Papa .... Now you are not in this world but I know you are always with me wherever you are. Miss you Papa ..."
Paswan, one of the country's most noted Dalit leaders, had been hospitalised for the last few weeks. He has long suffered from a heart condition, according to reports.
पापा....अब आप इस दुनिया में नहीं हैं लेकिन मुझे पता है आप जहां भी हैं हमेशा मेरे साथ हैं।— युवा बिहारी चिराग पासवान (@iChiragPaswan) October 8, 2020
Miss you Papa... pic.twitter.com/Qc9wF6Jl6Z
Along with news of his personal health, Ram Vilas Paswan had backed his son to take the call on LJP’s alliances for the upcoming Bihar assembly elections. “I stand firmly with every decision of his. I am confident that with his youthful thinking, Chirag will take the party and Bihar to new heights,” Paswan had said.
Paswan has served as a Union minister under five prime ministers. He was also an eight time member of Parliament in Lok Sabha. He began his political career as a member of Samyukta Socialist Party (SSP). Paswan became a member of Bihar Legislative Assembly in 1969.
The Ram Vilas Paswan was re-elected five consecutive terms from Hajipur constituency in Bihar. He formed LJP in 2000 and joined Congress-led United Progressive Alliance in 2004.
After being a legislator in assembly for nearly 8 years and protesting against the imposition of emergency in 1975, Paswan entered Parliament for the first time in 1977 and continued to be a Member of Parliament (MP) in Lok Sabha for at least 8 terms. Paswan became union minister for the first time in 1989 when he was a MP for the fourth consecutive term.
Political personalities cutting across party lines consoled Paswan's death.
"Saddened beyond words": PM Modi
"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," PM 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. pic.twitter.com/2UUuPBjBrj— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 8, 2020
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.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 8, 2020
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Congress leader Kapil Sibal, Union Minister Jitendra Singh, Jharkhand Chief Minsiter Hemant Soren and several offered condolences to Paswan's family.
रामविलासजी के निधन से बिहार राज्य और राष्ट्रीय राजनीति में भी बड़ी रिक्तता पैदा हो गयी है। उनके साथ मेरी बहुत लम्बी और अच्छी मित्रता थी। उनका निधन मेरे लिए व्यक्तिगत क्षति है। इस दुःख की घड़ी में ईश्वर उनके परिवार एवं समर्थकों को संबल प्रदान करें। ॐ शान्ति!— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) October 8, 2020
केंद्रीय मंत्री रामविलास पासवान जी के निधन की खबर से मैं स्तब्ध हूं। उनको मेरी भावभीनी श्रद्धांजलि। गरीब, वंचित तथा शोषितों के उत्थान में पासवान जी का महत्वपूर्ण योगदान रहा है। ईश्वर दिवंगत आत्मा को शांति प्रदान करें और परिजनों को संबल दे। ॐ शांति।— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) October 8, 2020
Sorry to learn of the passing away of a valued colleague and friend Ram Vilas Paswan . My heartfelt condolences to @iChiragPaswan and the family . May his soul rest in peace .— Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) October 8, 2020
केन्द्रीय मंत्री व बिहार के प्रमुख नेताओं में से एक श्री रामविलास पासवान के निधन की खबर अति-दुःखद। उनके परिवार व पार्टी के लोगों के प्रति गहरी संवेदना।— Mayawati (@Mayawati) October 8, 2020
रामविलास पासवान जी के असमय निधन का समाचार दुखद है। ग़रीब-दलित वर्ग ने आज अपनी एक बुलंद राजनैतिक आवाज़ खो दी।— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 8, 2020
उनके परिवारजनों को मेरी संवेदनाएँ।