Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan passes away at 74

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.

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.

Prayers and condolences started pouring in from various political leaders and public figures.

(With ANI inputs)

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