Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan passed away on Thursday. He recently underwent heart surgery at Delhi Hospital. Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Chirag Paswan tweeted on Thursday about his father’s death: “Papa …. now you are not in this world but I know you are always with me wherever you are. Miss you Papa …” he said for the past few weeks Was in the hospital. Reports say he has been suffering from a heart condition for a long time.
Paswan has served as Union Minister under several Prime Ministers and his party is a member of all national coalitions. Paswan, an eighth-time MP in the Lok Sabha, is one of the country’s most prominent Dalit leaders. He was born on July 5, 1946, in the village of Shahrabani in Khagaria, East Bihar. He completed his Masters and Law degree, passed the Bihar Civil Service Examination and was selected as the Deputy Superintendent of Police. But he did not accept the job. Joined politics instead.
He started his political career as a member of the Samyukta Socialist Party (SSP). Paswan became a member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly in 1969. In 1970, he was appointed US Secretary of State for Bihar, SSP. Four years later, he became the general secretary of the Bihar branch of the new Lok Dal (People’s Party), which was formed by a merger of the SSP and other parties.
Paswan went to jail during Indira Gandhi’s tenure in 1975 when the country declared a state of emergency. He was released in 1977. In the same year, he was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time as a member of the Janata Party. The 31-year-old leader holds the world record for most elections won. The veteran leader was re-elected five times in a row from Hajipur constituency in Bihar.
The Lok Janshakti Party was founded in 2000 by a prominent politician. Within a year of the formation of his party, he became a minister in the first National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government under former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. After the NDA lost power in 2004, Paswan joined the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in 2004 and served as Union Minister again until 2014.