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Ram Vilas Paswan

A Dalit leader from Bihar, Ram Vilas Paswan was the founder of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and served as Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution under the NDA. 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. Hailing from Shaharbanni Village in Khagaria District of Bihar, Paswan began his political career as a member of Samyukta Socialist Party and in 1969 became a member of Bihar Legislative Assembly. He was elected to Lok Sabha for the first time in 1977 as Janata Party member and re-elected five consecutive times from Hajipur constituency in Bihar. Paswan formed the LJP in 2000 and joined Congress-led United Progressive Alliance in 2004. He served as a Union Minister under five prime ministers and his party has been a member of all national coalitions. In 2019, Paswan relinquished the post of LJP president--which he held for nearly two decades--to his son Chirag Paswan. Ram Vilas Paswan passed away in October, 2020. He was 74.


Padma Vibhushan for Abe; Gogoi, Keshubhai, Paswan in honours list

January 26, 2021 12:11 pm

The Padma Shri was awarded to 102 individuals – 29 of the Padma awardees were women; there were 10 in the category of foreign nationals, NRI, PIO AND OCI and one transgender.

Sushil Modi files nominations for Bihar Rajya Sabha by-poll

December 02, 2020 4:16 pm

Sushil Kumar Modi filed his nomination papers at the Vidhan Sabha secretariat in presence of a host of leaders of the ruling NDA, most notable being Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Ram Vilas Paswan’s Rajya Sabha seat may go to BJP as JD(U) unlikely to back LJP

November 24, 2020 3:16 pm

Although the name of Chirag's mother Reena Paswan is doing the rounds, the LJP may not field her until BJP asks the party to do so, it is learnt.

HAM writes to PM Modi seeking probe into Ram Vilas Paswan's death, points at Chirag's role

November 02, 2020 10:14 pm

The move evoked an immediate sharp response from the LJP chief who asked why HAM president Jitan Ram Manjhi did not visit his ailing father then despite being informed about this deteriorating health.

Ram Vilas Paswan: The true Karmyogi

October 23, 2020 9:00 pm

With his humility, Ram Vilas Paswan struck a chord with all who worked with him, and the people at large

Explained: Who are Mahadalits?

October 20, 2020 11:09 am

More recently, Lok Janshakti Party president and Ram Vilas Paswan’s son Chirag Paswan has accused Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of harming the Dalit community by creating the Mahadalit category.

Chirag Paswan: ‘I cannot be separate from the BJP, PM…Want to see a BJP-led LJP govt. JD(U) is on its way out’

October 16, 2020 9:49 pm

LJP president Chirag Paswan talks about the “void” in his life and his father’s advice to be a “sher ka bachcha”, his relationship with the BJP and the JD(U), and why he is not focussing on Tejashwi Yadav in the election.

Ram Vilas Paswan worked towards the future in a business-like way

October 16, 2020 8:58 am

Yoginder K. Alagh writes: Paswan took policy and planning seriously. He took the details of the annual plan, the evaluations and appraisals of current plans and details of future plans seriously.

K C Tyagi interview: ‘BJP has said Nitish will be CM if NDA wins. Which party wins more (seats) is not subject of discussion’

October 15, 2020 8:46 am

K C Tyagi interview: "Nitish Kumar has no rival who can match his high credentials. The people are clear in their minds of Nitish alone being the CM face."

Ram Vilas Paswan was an advocate of Mandal and coalition politics. Both face irrelevance

October 12, 2020 9:05 am

Paswan’s death is another reminder that the wheel is now coming around a full circle, both on “Mandal” and coalition politics, the two themes of the last 25 years, of which he was an advocate.


Ram Vilas Paswan: Rare photos from Indian Express Archives

October 22, 2020 10:19 am

An eight-time Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha, Ram Vilas Paswan went to jail during Indira Gandhi’s tenure when an emergency was imposed in the country.

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.