Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan
died at the age of 74 after an illness. He was unwell for some time. He had a heart problem. Paswan had a great ability to sense the political atmosphere. Let's know about the 'Weather Scientist Of Indian Politics'.
Due to his ability, he used to recognize political air very well. This was the reason that he worked with 6 Prime Ministers. He was a minister at the center for a long time.
Ram Vilas Paswan had recently made his son Chirag Paswan the president of his party, Lok Janshakti Party. Chirag is the leader of the party in Bihar elections. Ram Vilas was unable to meet people in public life for a long time due to ill health.
Ram Vilas Paswan's political journey began in the 1960s as a member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly and he came into the limelight after the 1977 Lok Sabha elections after the Emergency when he won the Hajipur seat with a record margin of four lakh votes.
After his victory in 1989, he was inducted into VP Singh's cabinet for the first time. He was made the Minister of Labor. Within a decade he became the Railway Minister in the governments of HD Deve Gowda and IK Gujral.
The 'Janata Dal' faction in which Paswan was associated with the 1990s supported the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance. He was made the Minister of Communications. He later became the coal minister in the government headed by Atal Bihari Bajpayee.
After Babu Jagjivan Ram, he later established his Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) to establish himself as a Dalit leader in Bihar.
He walked out of the NDA in protest after the 2002 Gujarat riots. He went to the Congress-led UPA. Two years later, when the UPA came to power, he was appointed Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers in Manmohan Singh's government.
During the tenure of the UPA-II, his relations with the Congress then came at a distance. When he did not get a ministerial post after his party's defeat in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. Paswan was defeated in his stronghold Hajipur.
Before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP openly welcomed Paswan if Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was not in the JDU's own court and gave him seven seats to contest in Bihar. The LJP won six seats. Paswan, his son Chirag and brother Ramchandra also won.
During the tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the Minister for Food, Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs, Paswan openly supported the government even when it faced criticism on social issues. Apart from improving the public distribution system, he also effectively solved the crisis in the pulses and sugar sector.
He did not contest the recent Lok Sabha elections. His younger brother and Bihar minister Pashupati Kumar Paras won from Hajipur. However, after that, he reached Parliament through Rajya Sabha.
Paswan hails from Shahrabani village in Khagaria district of Bihar. He was born to a scheduled caste family. He did two weddings. Married Rajkumari Devi in the 1960s. In 2014, he revealed that he divorced her in 1981 after the challenging of his Lok Sabha nomination papers. Usha and Asha are the two daughters from his first wife Rajkumari.
In 1983, he married an air hostess from Amritsar and married Punjabi Hindu Reena Sharma. He has a son and daughter from him. His son Chirag Paswan has turned from an actor to a politician.
Ram Vilas Paswan will always be remembered as one of the most classic politicians who played an active role in both opposition and government. He lifestyle was also a centre topic as he lived at his '12th Janpath' residence for nearly 3 decades and had the luxury of having the most decorated political house which no can even imagine.