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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.


Coronavirus: Govt caps price of hand sanitizers at Rs 100 for 200 ml

March 21, 2020 10:14 am

Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said the Indian market has registered a massive surge in the prices of hand sanitizers and face masks and has therefore decided to fix the same for the convenience of the consumers.

Ram Vilas Paswan recalls 1984, calls on Oppn to join discussion on Delhi riots

March 06, 2020 2:21 am

The Opposition has been protesting in the House, demanding resignation of Home Minister Amit Shah over the Delhi violence.

Ram Vilas Paswan sends LJP leader to Ajmer Sharif to pray for peace

March 02, 2020 2:04 am

Paswan called the Delhi riots a “national disgrace” and demanded the strictest action against the rioters and those who delivered hate speeches.

Explained: Govt to establish Central Consumer Protection Authority; what is it?

February 27, 2020 8:36 am

Govt has set the ball rolling for a Central Consumer Protection Authority under the new Consumer Protection Act. A look at its expected structure and its scope, including a crackdown on false ads.

Ram Vilas Paswan: ‘Reservation is a Constitutional right and nobody can end it’

February 17, 2020 7:49 am

Reservation is a Constitutional right and nobody can end it. Whenever the matter of the reservation came in the Parliament, all the parties supported it, says Ram Vilas Paswan.

Ram Vilas Paswan: Dalit MPs want Indian Judicial Service with quotas, I support demand

February 15, 2020 3:37 pm

Ram Vilas Paswan said: “All the MPs who attended the meeting demanded reservation in the judiciary and the creation of an Indian Judicial Service because whenever a matter related to the weaker sections goes to the Court, it gets stuck.”

Ram Vilas Paswan backs Padma honour for Adnan Sami

January 28, 2020 2:03 am

Paswan on Monday said that those opposing the Padma Shri honour for Pakistan-origin singer Adnan Sami are not aware of India's citizenship law.

Ram Vilas Paswan: No CAA rollback, PM Modi said no NRC, trust him

January 25, 2020 9:10 am

Ram Vilas Paswan interview on CAA protests: "We too have sympathy towards the agitating people. The Government does not want to see them protesting. We are pro-Dalit and pro-minority. I think the stand-off can be resolved through dialogue only"

Ram Vilas Paswan alleges bias against JNU SC/STs, varsity denies it

January 19, 2020 12:55 pm

Paswan later said he spoke over the phone to Pokhriyal, who informed him that there is no reduction of seats and the fee hike has been withdrawn.

When farmers turn to play the market

January 16, 2020 2:19 am

Between September and December, when retail onion prices soared from around Rs 30 to Rs 100-plus per kg (they have since fallen to Rs 50 or so), Paswan has similarly urged state governments through Twitter to “act” against alleged hoarders of the bulb.


Lok Sabha elections 2019: Amit Shah holds road show before filing nomination for Gandhinagar seat

March 30, 2019 12:14 pm

With just 11 days left for the Lok Sabha elections to kick off, leaders from major political parties are busy taking trips across the country in an effort to reach out to as many voters as possible. Gujarat will go to polls on April 23 in a single phase.

PM Narendra Modi visits Ram Vilas Paswan's residence to celebrate Makar Sankranti

January 14, 2015 3:44 pm

PM Modi and his colleagues attended an event organised by Ram Vilas Paswan to celebrate Makar Sankranti.

Carl Lewis participates in a Mumbai run

May 19, 2014 9:11 pm

Olympic legend and athlete Carl Lewis participated in running along with young Mumbaikers at the Marine Drive.