Paswan, voice of marginalised, dies

New Delhi, October 8

Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, one of the most prominent Dalit leaders of the country, died on Thursday at the age of 74, his son Chirag Paswan said.

The Lok Janshakti Party founder and Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution was admitted to a private hospital here for several weeks and had recently undergone a heart operation.

“Papa, you are no more in this world but I know you are with me wherever you are. Miss you papa,” Chirag, who now heads the LJP, tweeted.

Paswan was instrumental in the implementation of the Mandal Commission report in the 1990s. Condoling his death, President Ram Nath Kovind said, “The nation has lost a visionary leader. He was the voice of the oppressed, and championed the cause of the marginalised.” PM Narendra Modi tweeted two photos with Paswan. “Saddened beyond words… lost a friend, valued colleague and someone who was extremely passionate to ensure every poor person leads a life of dignity (sic).” — TNS

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