Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan passes away at Delhi hospital
New Delhi: Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan, who was admitted to a private hospital here for the last several days, passed away on Thursday evening, his family members said. He was 74.
The news of his demise was announced by his son Chirag Paswan, who tweeted:
पापा….अब आप इस दुनिया में नहीं हैं लेकिन मुझे पता है आप जहां भी हैं हमेशा मेरे साथ हैं।
Miss you Papa… pic.twitter.com/Qc9wF6Jl6Z
— युवा बिहारी चिराग पासवान (@iChiragPaswan) October 8, 2020
(“Father, now you are no more in this world but wherever you are, you will be with me. Miss you papa…”). He also shared an old photo of him and his father along with the tweet.
According to his close family members, Paswan breathed his last on Thursday at around 8.20 pm at Fortis Hospital here where he was admitted for several days.
On Saturday, Chirag Paswan had announced that due to sudden conditions, his father has to undergo surgery on Friday evening. “And if required, one more surgery can be required in the coming weeks. I thank everyone for standing with me and my family members in such testing times,” he had said.
His death came just days after LJP chief Chirag Paswan decided to leave the NDA in Bihar and fight the Assembly polls on their own.
One of the leading Dalit leaders in the country, Paswan had been Minister in the Narendra Modi government, the Manmohan Singh-led UPA-1 government as well as the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government at the Centre.
Born in Khagaria district of Bihar on July 5, 1946, he had been selected for police service but chose to join politics. First elected as an MLA in 1969, he had completed five decades in active politics in 2019. Entering Parliament for the first time in 1977 – with a record margin – he was elected to the Lok Sabha from Hajipur parliamentary constituency for eight times and served as Union Minister under six prime ministers.