Union Minister and LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan, one of the popular Dalit leaders in Bihar and founder of the Lok Janshakti Party, has passed away at a Delhi hospital where he was recuperating from heart surgery. He was 74. The flags at Parliament and Rashtrapati Bhavan fly at half mast to condole the demise of union minister.
Ram Vilas Paswan, the minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s cabinet and the founder of the Lok Janshakti Party, who had completed 50 years in active politics last year, breathed his last on Thursday evening at a private hospital where he had been admitted for last few days.
According to Home ministry officials, the funeral will be accorded to Ram Vilas Paswan and national flag will fly at half mast in capital city Delhi and state capitals on Friday as mark of his respect.
Cremation of Ram Vilas Paswan will take place in Patna on Saturday.
In Prime Minister Narendra Modi’ cabinet, Mr Paswan was in charge of the Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution portfolios.
The founder of the Lok Janshakti Party – Ram Vilas Paswan was sent to jail during 1975 Emergency and made his way into the record books for the 1977 parliamentary elections, when he won from Hajipur Lok Sabha seat in Bihar with highest margin.