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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NDA was shaky but 10% quota has brought back confidence: Ram Vilas Paswan

LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan said Opposition parties at the national level are "confused" and the Congress alliance is not shaping up, as was evident in Uttar Pradesh.

10% quota bill gets support from allies JDU, LJP; Rajbhar sees ‘illusion’

Criticism came from Arun Rajbhar, general secretary and spokesperson for Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP), another ally in the state, but one that is sulking of late.

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Paswan opposes Ram temple ordinance, supports women's entry into Sabarimala

"Whatever judgment the Supreme Court gives on the Ram temple issue should be accepted by everyone, be it Hindu, Muslim or any other community," Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said.

Delhi Confidential: Hunt For New Face

Paswan too is looking for a new candidate as his replacement because his son Chirag, who is presently MP from Jamui, wants to contest in 2019 from the same seat.

BJP intensifies efforts to resolve all issues with Bihar allies

BJP sources said LJP is likely to be given five seats in Bihar and one seat in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha polls, in addition to one Rajya Sabha seat.

Lok Sabha passes Consumer Protection Bill, minister says 1986 law needs change

The Bill will now go to Rajya Sabha for consideration and passage. Once adopted, it will replace the Consumer Protection Act, 1986.

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LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, son meet Amit Shah over 2019 seat sharing pact

With ties under strain, LJP sources said, they want a better deal than the BJP has offered it, more so after former BJP ally Upendra Kushwaha's exit from the alliance.

Lok Janshakti Party unhappy with BJP over delay in seat-sharing call

In a tweet, Chirag said, “Met several times with BJP leaders regarding seats in the alliance but nothing concrete has come forward. It can cause a damage if the matter is not resolved timely.”

Temple is one party’s agenda, not for NDA or Govt, says ally Chirag Paswan

Speaking to The Indian Express, Chirag, who is also the LJP parliamentary board chairperson, said the BJP should not allow anyone to “create confusion among the people by raising issues like Ram temple construction and Bajrangbali caste”.

LJP won't accept 'dishonourable' seat sharing arrangement, BJP will have to adjust more: Chirag Paswan

Speaking at the LJP's 19th Foundation Day function here, Parliamentary Board chairman of the party Chirag Paswan said that with the JD(U) joining the alliance this time, the BJP being the biggest partner will have to make more adjustments for its allies.

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

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

Carl Lewis participates in a Mumbai run

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

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