Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) founder and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, who was ailing for quite some time, passed away on Thursday evening. His son and LJP chief Chirag Paswan announced the death of his father. The consumer affairs minister was 74. Paswan had been hospitalised for over a month and underwent bypass surgery.
In November last, after helming the Lok Janshakti Party for 19 years, Ram Vilas Paswan stepped down from his post to make way for the appointment of his son and MP Chirag Paswan as the new party president.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the demise of Paswan. He said Ram Vilas Paswan rose 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, the PM tweeted.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said his thoughts and prayers were with the departed leader’s family and loved ones. Political personalities across party lines condoled Paswan’s death. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress leader Kapil Sibal, Union Minister Jitendra Singh, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren and several others expressed sadness and offered condolences to Paswan’s family.
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the death of Ram Vilas Paswan has created a void in Bihar and national politics.
Bihar is to vote in 3 phases on October 28, November 3, and November 7. The election results would be declared on November 10. The LJP is contesting outside the NDA in the state, that situation is likely to change after the senior Paswan’s death.