Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan Passes Away, Funeral Tomorrow In Patna With State Honours
Ram Vilas Paswan’s health was shaky for some time now. About a week ago, after he suddenly fell ill, he underwent a heart operation on October 3. On Thursday, his heart and kidney had stopped working properly and he breathed his last at the Fortis Escorts Heart Institute in Delhi at around 1.15 pm. The body of the Dalit leader will be brought to Patna in the afternoon on Friday and his funeral will be performed with state honours at the Digha Ghat in Patna on Saturday. At the same time, the national flag will fly at half-mast in Delhi, capital of all states and union territories on Friday, and the flag will remain at half-mast on the day of his funeral.
पापा....अब आप इस दुनिया में नहीं हैं लेकिन मुझे पता है आप जहां भी हैं हमेशा मेरे साथ हैं।— युवा बिहारी चिराग पासवान (@iChiragPaswan) October 8, 2020
Miss you Papa... pic.twitter.com/Qc9wF6Jl6Z
Condoling Paswan’s death, President Ramnath Kovind tweeted — Paswan ji emerged as a firebrand socialist, learning public service from veterans like Jayaprakash Narayan during the anti-Emergency movement. He had a deep bond with the public and was always ready for the public interest. My deepest condolences to his family and supporters.
PM Narendra Modi said, there are no words to express sorrow; Such a void has been created in our country, which will probably never be filled. PM tweeted- The death of Shri Ram Vilas Paswan ji is a personal loss. I have lost a friend and colleague who always passionately wanted to ensure that every poor person lives a respectable life.
In the demise of Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, the nation has lost a visionary leader. He was among the most active and longest-serving members of parliament. He was the voice of the oppressed, and championed the cause of the marginalized.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) October 8, 2020
Rahul Gandhi tweeted — The news of Ram Vilas Paswan ji’s untimely demise is sad. The poor-downtrodden have lost a strong political voice today.
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
Former Bihar CM Rabri Devi tweeted — Very saddened by the passing away of respected Ram Vilas Paswan ji. He had a family relationship for decades. Today the stove will not burn in our house. May his soul rest in peace.
रामविलास पासवान जी के असमय निधन का समाचार दुखद है। ग़रीब-दलित वर्ग ने आज अपनी एक बुलंद राजनैतिक आवाज़ खो दी।— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 8, 2020
उनके परिवारजनों को मेरी संवेदनाएँ।
In Indian politics, Paswan was considered someone who had the knack to recognise which way the political wind is blowing. No matter whose government it was, Ram Vilas Paswan was always in power. His USP was that he always aligned before the election, never after the election. He went to jail during the Emergency imposed by then PM Indira Gandhi. For the next five decades, Paswan was also a minister in the same Congress-led UPA government many times. BJP used to oppose Paswan’s policies, Paswan was also a minister in the same NDA government. Ram Vilas Paswan contested 11 elections, winning nine of them. Paswan has a record of being a minister under six Prime Ministers. In the 1977 Lok Sabha election, he had set a world record of winning the Hajipur seat by more than 4 lakh votes while contesting on Janata Dal ticket. Paswan has been a Lok Sabha MP and Rajya Sabha MP twice. Currently, he was a Rajya Sabha MP from Bihar and handled the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in the Narendra Modi Cabinet.
आदरणीय रामविलास पासवान जी के निधन से बहुत दुःखी हूँ। दशकों से उनके साथ पारिवारिक सम्बंध रहा।— Rabri Devi (@RabriDeviRJD) October 8, 2020
आज हमारे घर में चूल्हा नहीं जलेगा।
भगवान उनकी आत्मा को शांति प्रदान करे।