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Ram Vilas Paswan, India’s food minister dies at 74

Ram Vilas Paswan Dies

Ram Vilas Paswan was a Veteran Indian Politician who served several portfolios. The federal minister worked with many Indian Prime Ministers and was an ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling coalition. 

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Ram Vilas Paswan died on Thursday after staying in the hospital for many weeks. He died at 74. His son Chirag Paswan said in a tweet.

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India’s minister for consumer affairs, Food and public distribution die at 74:

Ram Vilas Paswan was India’s minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. Paswan was admitted in a hospital on 11 September. On 4 October, he underwent heart surgery in New Delhi. As a food minister, Paswan brought the biggest food welfare programme. Under this programme, cheap rice and wheat are provided to millions of poor people by the government.

Narendra Modi reacting to the news of Paswan said, “I am saddened beyond words.” He added, “There is a void in our nation that will perhaps never be filled.”

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Ram Vilas Paswan

Besides other portfolios in his long political career, Paswan served as India’s mines, steel and telecommunications and information minister. Further, he joined Modi’s right-wing National Democratic Alliance(NDA) as the chief of Lok Janshakti Party. In 2019, NDA was voted to power with a majority.

Out of India’s population of 1.3 billion, 80% of Hindu population accounts to Dalits and Paswan and his party represent India’s Dalits. Dalits were formerly referred to as untouchables and belonged to a socially disadvantaged community. 

Chirag Paswan is the son of Ram Vilas Paswan. He is a member of Parliament and is leading LJP in a three-phase vote for the state legislature. LJP is supported in his home state of Bihar in the east Also, assembly elections will begin here later in this month.

 

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