The national flag across states and at the Rashtrapati Bhavan was lowered half-mast on Friday to mark respect to one of the most celebrated politicians the country has produced, Ram Vilas Paswan, who passed away on Thursday.
The veteran had served in the Indian politics for over five decades and was one of the most celebrated Dalit leaders who had invariably worked for the scheduled caste and scheduled tribes and particularly for the Dusadh community to ensure equal rights and opportunities to them.
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Notably, he was also part of PM Modi’s cabinet serving as the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. PM Modi sharing his condolences gave us a glimpse of the respect he homes for the leader.
Paswan had founded the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) party back in 2000 and handed over its reins to his son Chirag Paswan after taking the party to a notable position. LJP, a part of NDA, over the years, has gained a considerable following among Dalits in Bihar.
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The 74 years had undergone heart surgery recently days after which he found a better place for himself.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah were among the many politicians who shared their condolences to the departed leader’s family.
‘Goonje Dharti Aasman, Ram Vilas Paswan,’ is the famous slogan he is recognised from. Paswan was also a follower of Jayprakash Narayan was arrested and jailed during the national Emergency in 1975.
One regret that Paswan is said to live his life with was his failure at building a strong social base among other castes and promoting criminals-turned-politicians in the party.
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He passing away has surely created a void in Indian politics and we strongly believe that it would be so difficult for anyone else to fill in his shoes.