The last rites were performed by Paswan's son and political heir Chirag, who has taken a big gamble by deciding to plough a lonely furrow in the assembly elections that are days away.
Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister and LJP leader, has passed away, tweeted his son Chirag Paswan today.
Condoling the death of LJP leader, PM Narendra Modi tweeted, “I am saddened beyond words. There is a void in our nation that will perhaps never be filled. #RamVilasPaswan 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.”
“Working together, shoulder to shoulder with Paswan Ji has been an incredible experience. His interventions during Cabinet Meetings were insightful. From political wisdom, statesmanship to governance issues, he was brilliant. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti,” PM said in another tweet.
President Ram Nath Kovid said, “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.”
“A firebrand socialist in youth, mentored by the likes of Jayaprakash Narayan during anti-Emergency movement, Paswan ji had enviable rapport with masses and he ardently strove for their welfare. Condolences to his family and supporters,” he added.
Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan was one of the most prominent Dalit leaders of the country. He died on Thursday at the age of 74.He was admitted to a private hospital in Delhi for several weeks and had recently undergone a heart operation.
Paswan was a stalwart of the socialist movement who later emerged as Bihar’s foremost Dalit leader with following across the country.
Ram Vilas Paswan was instrumental in the implementation of the Mandal Commission report in the 1990s.
Born in Khagaria in 1946, Paswan was selected as a police official. But he chose the calling of politics and became an MLA for the first time in 1969 on a Samyukta Socialist Party ticket.
Paswan was elected to Lok Sabha eight times. He also held the record of winning his constituency, Hajipur, with the highest margin for several years.