New Delhi: Ram Vilas Paswan, the founder of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and a union minister, just days after undergoing a heart surgery at a Delhi hospital, died on Thursday due to medical complications caused by sudden deterioration in his condition.
The veteran politician from Bihar often credited with the dubious title of being the man who has never been out of power, was 74.
Paswan’s son Chirag, who took over the leadership of the party a few months ago, announced the death of his father on his twitter feed:
"Papa... Now you are not in this world but I know you are always with me wherever you are. Miss you Papa," he wrote with a picture of him as a child in the arms of his father.
A state funeral was announced by the Home ministry of India that also ordered the Indian national flag to be flown at half-mast.
Among those who sent their condolence to the Paswan family included Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President of India Ram Nath Kovind, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Ravi Shankar Prasad, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, and many others.
With his failing health, Paswan, a Dalit icon, did not contest last year’s Lok Sabha elections and instead gave his Hajipur seat to his brother Pashupati Kumar Paras. He, however, became a Rajya Sabha member while giving the party’s top post to his son Chirag Paswan.