'Firebrand socialist' Ram Vilas Paswan passes away at 74: President, PM, politicos of all stripes pay tribute

Announcing Paswan's death, his son Chirag Paswan tweeted in Hindi, 'Papa...you are not in this world today but I know no matter where you are, you will always be with me. Miss you papa'

FP Staff October 08, 2020 23:05:04 IST
'Firebrand socialist' Ram Vilas Paswan passes away at 74: President, PM, politicos of all stripes pay tribute

Politicians from across party lines and various prominent personalities on Thursday condoled the demise of Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, remembering his over five-decade career in politics.

Paswan, 74, recently underwent heart surgery before passing away on Thursday evening.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said there is a void in the nation that will perhaps never be filled.

The prime minister said, "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," he said.

Hailing the Lok Janshakti Party patron for his rise in politics through hard work and determination, Modi said as a young leader, Paswan 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," Modi said.

President Ram Nath said the nation has lost a visionary leader in the demise of Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan.

"A firebrand socialist in youth, mentored by the likes of Jayaprakash Narayan during anti-Emergency movement, Paswan ji had enviable rapport with masses and he ardently strove for their welfare. Condolences to his family and supporters, Kovind said in another tweet.

Announcing Paswan's death, his son Chirag tweeted in Hindi, "Papa...you are not in this world today but I know no matter where you are, you will always be with me. Miss you papa."

Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav paid his condolences to Paswan's son Chirag who has been heading the Lok Janshakti Party since November 2019.

Other prominent leaders from Bihar, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Nitish Kumar and Sushil Modi, who had all at some point been associated with the Dalit leader, also expressed grief at his death.

Chief ministers of Assam, Kerala and Rajasthan also took to Twitter to pay tribute:

N Chandrababu Naidu, leader of the Telegu Desam Party, a former NDA ally, also expressed grief at Paswan's demise.

AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi said that Paswan was someone who had left his mark on the Indian politics and will be remembered for his contributions.

Paswan had undergone a heart surgery at a hospital a few days ago.

He had been in active politics for more than five decades and was one of the country's most noted Dalit leaders.

He was the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

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