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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Paswan meets Shah; seeks ordinance on crimes against Dalits, special status for Bihar

Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan on Sunday met BJP president Amit Shah, seeking an ordinance to restore the original provisions of a law on atrocities against Dalits and called for ensuring reservation in promotion for the community.

At least 15 Union Ministers will travel across 21 states to count the successes of the Narendra Modi-led government at 31 press conferences.

15 Union ministers to conduct 31 press conferences in 21 states

June 1 will see the most press conferences — nine such events with Dharmendra Pradhan and Rajyvardhan Rathore along with others.

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Eating with Dalits won’t eradicate untouchability: Ram Vilas Paswan

Stressing on holistic development of Dalits, Paswan said, “The larger concern for Dalits relates to their holistic development. Focus should be to uproot the atrocities against Dalits. They should be provided better education and jobs.”

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Govt for reservation in promotions for SCs, STs: Ram Vilas Paswan

In a bid to emphasise its seriousness over Dalit issues, the government would knock on the doors of the judiciary to ensure reservation in promotions for scheduled castes and tribes in government jobs.

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Congress lost power as they cheated Dalits: Ram Vilas Paswan

“Dalits had always been important and the biggest reason for Congress’s defeat was that they cheated Dalits,” said the Lok Janshakti Party chief. The LJP is a BJP ally at the Centre.

Congress responsible if Dalits face atrocities, says Ram Vilas Paswan

Congress responsible if Dalits face atrocities even 70 years after independence, says Ram Vilas Paswan

When asked whether Dalits would play an important role in the 2019 general election, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said the Dalit vote has always been important and therefore political leaders reach out to the community.

Congress responsible if Dalits face atrocities, says Ram Vilas Paswan

One crore students in hostels to get subsidised wheat and rice, says Ram Vilas Paswan

Under National Food Security Act (NFSA), Centre provides highly subsidised foodgrains to over 80 crore people in India. Each person gets 5 kg of foodgrains per month at Rs 1-3 per kg, costing the exchequer about Rs 1.5 lakh crore annually.

Paswan on Dalit/ST quota in promotion

‘Anganwadi’ workers must be given minimum fixed salary, says Ram Vilas Paswan

Anganwadi is a type of mother and child care centre. They were started by the Indian government in 1985 as part of the integrated child development services programme to combat child hunger and malnutrition.

Congress responsible if Dalits face atrocities, says Ram Vilas Paswan

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.

Congress responsible if Dalits face atrocities, says Ram Vilas Paswan

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.”

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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”.

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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.

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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.