Union Minister and founder of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) Ram Vilas Paswan passed away at the age of 74 on Thursday following an illness.
His son, Chirag Paswan, paid condolences to his father. “Papa, you are no more in this world now but I know that wherever you are, you are with me. Miss you Papa,” Chirag said in a tweet.
— NewsMobile (@NewsMobileIndia) October 8, 2020
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.
He had recently undergone heart surgery at a Delhi hospital and had been hospitalized for over a month now.
Paswan was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1977 on a Janata Party ticket from Hajipur in Bihar. He had been active in politics for more than 50 years now and was one of the country’s most noted Dalit leaders.
Prime Minister Modi tweeted saying that he is saddened beyond words and Ram Vilas Paswan’s death is a personal loss to him.
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
Prayers and condolences started pouring in from various political leaders and public figures.
सदैव गरीब और वंचित वर्ग के कल्याण व अधिकारों के लिए संघर्ष करने वाले हम सबके प्रिय राम विलास पासवान जी के निधन से मन अत्यंत व्यथित है। उन्होंने अपने राजनीतिक जीवन में हमेशा राष्ट्रहित और जनकल्याण को सर्वोपरि रखा। उनके स्वर्गवास से भारतीय राजनीति में एक शून्य उत्पन्न हो गया है।
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) October 8, 2020
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 marginalized.
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) 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।
उनके परिवारजनों को मेरी संवेदनाएँ।
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 8, 2020
Shocked and saddened to know that Shri #RamVilasPaswan ji is no more. Heartfelt condolences to @iChiragPaswan, the entire family and millions of his followers. His legacy will be remembered forever. May his soul Rest in peace. Om Shanti 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/q9aG1nnarD
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) October 8, 2020
(With ANI inputs)