Ram Vilas Paswan, Union minister of consumer affairs, food and public distribution, passed away on Thursday October 8, 2020. He was 74. Reportedly, the stalwart recently underwent a heart surgery at Fortis Escorts Hospital in New Delhi. “With extreme sorrow, we would like to inform that honorable minister Shri Ram Vilas Paswan passed away at 6:05pm today, 8th October 2020 at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Okhla, New Delhi” said the Institute’s official statement.
His son Chirag Paswan tweeted “Papa… Now you are not in this world but I know you are always with me wherever you are. Miss you Papa.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a series of tweets that he was sad beyond words and Paswan’s demise is a “personal loss” for him. He further said that the void left by Paswan will never be filled. President Ram Nath Kovind, Rahul Gandhi, Mamta Banerjee, defense minister Rajnath Singh and others tweeted tributes for the deceased.
Ram Vilas Paswan had a illustrious political career spanning more than five decades. One of the most notable Dalit leader, Paswan had served six Prime Ministers including the current Modi government.
He was imprisoned during the Emergency period and joined Janta Dal after being released in 1977. In 2000, he broke away from Janta Dal to form the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) in Bihar.
Ram Vilas Paswan was born in 1946 in Khagaria and first became an MLA in 1969. In November last year, Paswan stepped down as the party head and passed the reins to his son Chirag Paswan.