Ram Vilas Paswan, member of the Union Cabinet and the founder of Lok Janshakti Party died on October 8, 2020. He was 74 years old and the proud runner of Bihar’s emerging political party. He was the renowned Dalit leader, who established a new face in Bihar. Even though he could not emerge as a rebel outside his state, his reign spoke a lot of his vigor and vision. His cremation ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 10, 2020, in Patna. He will be given a state funeral as per the Home Ministry.
Chirag Paswan could not get his father’s support in the awaited Bihar elections
His son, Chirag Paswan, is candidating to become the next Chief Minister of Bihar. The campaign which is going smooth for them so far will face a setback with his death. Chirag Paswan expressed that wherever he is, he knows he is with him.
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
Chirag Paswan also decided to take a solo run and not ally with the NDA. This move is a bold and fierce one. Now, we can say that the death of Ram Vilas Paswan will add an emotive element to the campaign. The party which has rigorous support from Dalits, especially, Dusadhs will promote LJP further. With more and more people surrounding Chirag Paswan to pay their condolences, even amidst the remorse, the election will take a new face.
How fellow ministers paid their condolences to Ram Vilas Paswan?
PM Narendra Modi took to Twitter to express his sadness over the news.
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. pic.twitter.com/2UUuPBjBrj
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 8, 2020
Various Union Ministers like Dharmendra Pradhan and Ramdas Athawale expressed their deepest grief over earing the news of the passing of Ram Vilas Paswan. In all the statements, you will find how people remembered him as “having a big heart”, “stalwart of Indian politics”, “advocate for the downtrodden”, and “visionary leader”. The loss is not just to the family or certain Indian politicians, but to the entire community.
At Rashtrapati Bhawan and Parliament, officials have hoisted the flag at half-mast to pay their tribute to Ram Vilas Paswan.
Paswan was admitted to Delhi’s Fortis Escorts Hearts Institute with kidney and heart problems on September 11, 2020. In the past 24 hours, his condition worsened way much. Consequently, the doctors had to put him on a ventilator and ECMO. However, at 6:05 PM, he passed away and left the world. His portfolio attests to his contribution to food, public distribution, equality, and consumer affairs. His four decades of leadership will never be forgotten. Now, people look up to his son to carry the same torch that Ram Vilas Paswan lit years back.