Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Cabinet minister Ram Vilas Paswan dies after sudden heart surgery; big jolt as Bihar elections near

Ram Vilas Paswan, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet and the founder of the Lok Janshakti Party, died on Thursday at a Delhi hospital where he was recuperating from heart surgery. The 74-year-old was undergoing treatment at the hospital, and had to undergo surgery o Saturday “due to the situation that had suddenly emerged,” his son Chirag Paswan had tweeted on Saturday.

This evening, the 37-year-old posted the news of his death.

“Papa… Now you are not in this world but I know you are always with me wherever you are. Miss you Papa,” read his post, with which he shared a throwback photograph with his father.

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State funeral will be accorded to Ram Vilas Paswan and the national flag will fly at half-mast in Delhi and state capitals on Friday as mark of respect. Cremation will take place in Patna on Saturday.

Twitter was flooded with tributes for the departed leader. Among the first to tweet was President Ram Nath Kovind, PM Modi, Congress’s Rahul Gandhi, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad.

“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,” PM Modi’s post read.

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A powerful Dalit leader from Bihar, Paswan was among the young leaders, along with Lalu Yadav and Nitish Kumar, who were inspired and nurtured by the JP movement in the ’70s.

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He was jailed during the 1975 Emergency and in 1977 parliamentary elections, he won from the Hajipur Lok Sabha seat in Bihar with the highest-ever margin. Last year, Paswan skipped the Lok Sabha polls, passing his Hajipur seat to his younger brother and Bihar minister Pashupati Kumar Paras and entered parliament through the Rajya Sabha.

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