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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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.


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he spoke over the phone to Pokhriyal, who informed him that there is no reduction of seats and the fee hike has been withdrawn.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

Ram Vilas Paswan: ‘Only 14, 18, 22 carat hallmarked gold jewellery from Jan 2021’

January 15, 2020 4:51 am

Paswan said a fine of Rs 1 lakh or five-times of the price of the gold article will be imposed on the jeweller who fails to comply with the hallmarking standard.

Centre cancels 5,000 MT order as states shun imported onions

January 15, 2020 4:58 am

Ram Vilas Paswan added a group of ministers, chaired by the Home Minister, had asked States to take the imported onions, but the States are not showing willingness to take them.

No one can be denied citizenship on basis of religion, says Ram Vilas Paswan

January 02, 2020 2:56 am

Paswan, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, said confusion is being created in a planned manner on CAA and emphasised that this law has nothing to do with citizenship of any Indian citizen.

Delhi Confidential: Post Postponed

December 31, 2019 11:46 pm

Paswan, who usually sends thousands of greeting cards by normal post to supporters and party workers in his constituency, wishing them happy new year, has decided not to mail the cards this time.

‘One Nation, One Ration Card’: Govt plans PDS portability for 12 states by January

December 11, 2019 3:09 am

The committee is headed by Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan.

Report on Delhi’s water quality employs faulty methodology, appears politically motivated

November 30, 2019 12:06 pm

Even in a best case scenario, the sampling sought out areas with the worst water complaints in Delhi, and tried to make them representative of all of Delhi.

Ram Vilas Paswan: BIS doesn’t have to accept DJB water report

November 27, 2019 2:15 am

DJB officials have been testing five water samples from homes in all municipal wards of the capital after the BIS report, released by Paswan, ranked Delhi as the worst among 21 cities for drinking water quality.

Source to tap: How water reaches homes in Delhi

November 25, 2019 7:13 am

The recent face-off between a Union Minister and the Delhi government has raised a crucial question: How clean is Delhi’s water? The Indian Express traces its route from two rivers to your tap, and discovers the checks and balances along the way


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.