‘A firebrand socialist, voice of oppressed’: Leaders pay tributes to LJP founder Ram Vilas Paswan

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By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | October 8, 2020 10:26:13 pm

Ram vilas paswan, ram vilas paswan death, ram vilas paswan tributes, ram vilas paswan condolences, Bihar elections, indian expressPrime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the demise of Ram Vilas Paswan, saying that he lost a "friend and a valued colleague" and that the void due to his death "will perhaps never be filled".

The death of Ram Vilas Paswan Thursday triggered an outpouring of rich tributes for the Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) patriarch. The 74-year-old politician was in critical condition with multiple organ complications. He had undergone a heart surgery in a Delhi hospital a few days ago.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the demise of Paswan, saying that he lost a “friend and a valued colleague” and that the void due to his death “will perhaps never be filled”.

I am saddened beyond words. There is a void in our nation that will perhaps never be filled. Shri Ram Vilas Paswan Ji’s demise is a personal loss. I have lost a friend, valued colleague and someone who was extremely passionate to ensure every poor person leads a life of dignity. pic.twitter.com/2UUuPBjBrj

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 8, 2020

A Dalit leader from Bihar and an eight-time Lok Sabha MP, Paswan had been serving as the Union Minister of Food and Public Distribution in the Narendra Modi-led NDA government. He was a minister in central governments headed by parties of contrasting ideological persuasions, ranging from the Janata Dal to the Congress and the BJP, since 1989.

Leaders cutting across the political spectrum have also expressed their grief and condolences. Aside from PM Modi, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP President JP Nadda have all spoken to Chirag on the phone offering their condolences, the LJP said in a statement.

Among the first to tweet their condolences was President Ram Nath Kovind, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad.

President Ram Nath Kovind: “In the demise of Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, the nation has lost a visionary leader. He was among the most active and longest-serving members of parliament. He was the voice of the oppressed, and championed the cause of the marginalized. A firebrand socialist in youth, mentored by the likes of Jayaprakash Narayan during anti-Emergency movement, Paswan ji had enviable rapport with masses and he ardently strove for their welfare. Condolences to his family and supporters.”

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi: “The news of untimely demise of Ram Vilas Paswan ji is sad. The Dalit community lost of one its strong political voice today. My condolences to his family.”

Lalu Prasad Yadav: “I am extremely sorry to hear the sad news of untimely demise of Rambilas Bhai. The unbroken relationship of the last 45 years and all the social, political battles fought with them is floating in the eyes. Rambilas brother, you left early. I am not in a position to say anything more than this.”

Ravi Shankar Prasad: “Ram Vilas was a senior minister in the Government of India. I was the Minister of State for Coal Mines for the first time in Atalji’s government. His death is an irreparable loss to the country. My humble tribute.”

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