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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.


Two years after Paswan's death, son and brother chase his legacy

July 06, 2022 6:09 am

The question of who can claim the Dalit leader's legacy is unlikely to be settled until the next elections

Newsmaker: On the sidelines of raj path, Chirag now loses a Janpath address

March 31, 2022 9:34 pm

The development is another setback for Chirag (39) who, even as he is struggling to keep hold of the LJP as Paswan's rightful successor amid an intense family feud, has been unable to retain his father's house.

Eviction from 12, Janpath: Delhi HC junks Paswan wife plea, says 'not your party office'

April 01, 2022 5:00 am

The bungalow is presently occupied by the late leader's son Chirag Paswan, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president and Lok Sabha MP from Jamui in Bihar.

Govt starts process of evicting Ram Vilas Paswan's family from 12 Janpath bungalow

March 31, 2022 11:09 am

The Directorate of Estates, which comes under the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry, sent a team of officials to execute an eviction order issued to the late minister's son and Lok Sabha MP Chirag Paswan in July last year.

Ram Vilas Paswan’s death anniversary: Rahul Gandhi, Lalu Prasad at Chirag Paswan residence, Nitish attends Paras function

October 09, 2021 7:50 am

In Bihar, at a function organised by the LJP founder’s younger brother and Union minister Pashupati Kumar Paras, dignitaries turned up in large numbers.

Tej Pratap Yadav raises eyebrows by attending function hosted by Pashupati Kumar Paras

October 08, 2021 8:43 pm

Tej Pratap raised many eyebrows when he walked down to the Patna office of the Lok Janshakti Party's faction headed by Pashupati Kumar Paras

Time for son Chirag to vacate, late Ram Vilas Paswan’s bust installed in bungalow

September 07, 2021 7:29 am

The bust came up days ago at 12 Janpath, now home to Paswan’s son Chirag, who stayed on in the bungalow despite being allotted 23, North Avenue, as Lok Sabha member from Jamui.

Ram Vilas Paswan, the political weatherman who helped bring Dalit politics into the mainstream

July 06, 2021 7:51 am

Aditi Narayani Paswan writes: Paswan, who would have turned 75 yesterday, was a collaborationist, rather than a confrontationist.

Tejashwi shows more signs of warming up, recalls Ram Vilas Paswan

July 06, 2021 1:40 am

The RJD leader tweeted, “Many respects to Shri Ram Vilas Paswan ji, senior socialist leader and former Union Minister who struggled throughout his life for the marginalised, disenfranchised and the poor.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tributes to Ram Vilas Paswan

July 05, 2021 11:25 am

A minister in the Modi government, Paswan died in October last year. He was among the most experienced parliamentarians and had served as a minister in governments led by different parties, ranging from socialist groups to the Congress and the BJP. 


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.