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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ram Vilas Paswan

A Dalit leader from Bihar, Ram Vilas Paswan is the president of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and currently serving as the Union Minister of Food and Public Distribution. An eight time Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha, Paswan went to jail during Indira Gandhi's tenure when emergency was imposed in the country. He began his political career as a member of Samyukta Socialist Party and in 1969 became a member of Bihar Legislative Assembly. Paswan was elected to Lok Sabha for the first time in 1977 as Janata Party member and for re-elected five consecutive times from Hajipur constituency in Bihar. He formed LJP in 2000 and joined Congress-led United Progressive Alliance in 2004. Ram Vilas Paswan has served as a Union Minister under five prime ministers and his party has been a member of all national coalitions. He hails from Shaharbanni Village in Khagaria District of Bihar and his son Chirag Paswan has also joined active politics.
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Union Minister and BJP ally LJP’s chief Ram Vilas Paswan. (Express photo by Praveen Jain)

Govt to move Supreme Court for quota in promotion, says Paswan

Union Minister and BJP ally LJP’s chief Ram Vilas Paswan told reporters Tuesday that the government will move the apex court for repeal of its directions which, he said, have halted reservation for these communities in promotion.

Paswan on Dalit/ST quota in promotion

Government to move Supreme Court for Dalit/ST quota in promotion, says Ram Vilas Paswan

According to these guidelines, state and central governments have to verify backwardness and efficiency for employees to be benefitted from reservation in promotion rules, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said.

Union Minister and BJP ally LJP’s chief Ram Vilas Paswan. (Express photo by Praveen Jain)

Centre committed to protecting rights of Dalits, says Ram Vilas Paswan

Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan also said his Lok Janshakti Party would organise functions at the block level on April 20 to thank Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for extending Mahadalit benefits to the Paswans.

Any law can be misused. But if you put riders to the SC/ST Act, the poor won’t even file an FIR: Ram Vilas Paswan

Any law can be misused. But if you put riders to the SC/ST Act, the poor won’t even file an FIR: Ram Vilas Paswan

Ram Vilas Paswan said, “Our vote is transferable. The Dalit vote, whether Paswan or Mayawati’s, is not concerned with secularism or communalism, UPA or NDA… But if you attack our self-respect, we will not tolerate it, we are not bonded labourers.”

Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan lauded the Bihar government for introducing reservations in the lower and higher judicial services in the state.

BJP suffers from perception it is anti-Muslim, says Ram Vilas Paswan

Ram Vilas Paswan, whose party enjoys considerable support from the Muslim community in his home state of Bihar in the east, said ending ties with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was “unthinkable”.

Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan lauded the Bihar government for introducing reservations in the lower and higher judicial services in the state.

After MPs, 3 Ministers call for review petition against Supreme Court order on SC/ST atrocities Act

While the Supreme Court order was criticised by Dalit rights groups and even Dalit MPs from BJP as weakening the legislation, the Congress hit out at the government for the inept handling of the case by the Additional Solicitor General.

Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan lauded the Bihar government for introducing reservations in the lower and higher judicial services in the state.

Ram Vilas Paswan says leaving NDA unthinkable, Narendra Modi will remain PM

Ram Vilas Paswan, in his recent comments in Bihar, was critical of some BJP leaders’ alleged communal statements, and had advised the party to take along all sections of society, setting off speculation about his future plans.

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Government not to extend deadline for selling pre-GST packaged goods

After Goods and Services Tax (GST) became effective from July 1, companies were asked to use stickers on unsold packaged commodities to display new maximum retail price (MRP) till September, which was later extended twice till March.

Paswan on Dalit/ST quota in promotion

Don’t compare yourself with Ambedkar, you are in jail for graft, says Ram Vilas Paswan to Lalu Prasad

Defending his ally BJP, which has been accused by Prasad of conspiring to put him behind bars, Paswan said the allegations amounted to an insult of the judiciary as he has been convicted by a court not the saffron party. 

Paswan speaks on onion price hike

Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017: LJP not to field candidates, will support BJP

In the run up to the polls, which will be held in two phases next month, the BJP has deployed Ram Vilas Paswan in its campaign in an attempt to woo Dalit voters.

Paswan speaks on onion price hike

Traders go to Ram Vilas Paswan with revised price sticker plea

The Confederation of all India Traders (CAIT) sought the minister’s intervention in this regard, urging him to issue a notification permitting pasting of revised prices till March 31, 2018, in order to enable traders to liquidate the stocks

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Central team to probe death of Simdega girl: Ram Vilas Paswan 

“If poor people die of hunger, it is a matter of concern. We will be sending a central team probe the matter,” Paswan told PTI.

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No shortage of sugar, won’t allow prices to go up: Ram Vilas Paswan

“There is no shortage of sugar in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, major producing states. During the festival season, we will not allow prices to go up. We will ensure sugar rates remain stable,” said Ram Vilas Paswan.

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‘Got 400 complaints from Jaypee buyers’, says Ram Vilas Paswan

“The panel, which is to be headed by the consumer affairs secretary, will study and submit a status report within three days. We will see if there is any jurisdiction… We want to protect the interests of home buyers,” Paswan told reporters.

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OMCs to install new device to check refill of fuel/gas: Ram Vilas Paswan

Three devices — Electronic Flow Meters, Tamper-proof Electronic Seals and Pulsar — have been tested by the Legal Metrology Department, a senior Consumer Affairs Ministry official told reporters.