Union Minister and LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan passes away

Union Minister and LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan passes away

Ram Vilas Paswan, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, passes away, his son and LJP leader Chirag Paswan tweeted

Ram Vilas Paswan passes away Ram Vilas Paswan passes away

Union Minister and founder of Lok Jan Shakti Party Ram Vilas Paswan passed away at the age of 74 on Thursday. "Papa is no more in this world, but I know wherever you are, you are always with me. Miss you Papa," his son and LJP leader Chirag Paswan tweeted. He also shared an old photo of him with his father in the tweet.

The Indian politician from Bihar died in a Delhi hospital on Thursday evening. He had undergone a heart surgery recently.

Ram Vilas Paswan, eight-time Lok Sabha member and current Rajya Sabha MP, had been in active politics for more than five decades and was one of India's highly regarded Dalit leaders.

Few days back, Chirag in an open letter said that he won't be available to the party workers in Bihar where Assembly elections are due for October-November because of the illness of his father. Chirag had informed that his father was in ICU.

"Today, when I am writing this letter, I am seeing Papa fighting with the disease everyday. Very upset to see Papa in the hospital," Chirag wrote in Hindi. "Papa is sick and is in ICU. I can not leave him," he had said.

As the news of the Paswan's death spread, tributes poured in on social media.

"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," tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"Shri Ram Vilas Paswan Ji rose in politics 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," he said in another tweet.

President Ram Nath Kovind also paid his respects for the leader.

"Ram Vilas Paswan Ji's death is a very sad news. The poor-Dalit section has lost one of its main political voices. My condolences to his family," Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted in Hindi.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also expressed condolences to the family of the deceased Union Minister.