New Delhi, October 8: Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan died on Thursday. The news of the death of the Union Minister was announced by his son Chirag Paswan on Twitter. Paswan's son Chirag shared a photo of the father-son duo with an emotional line stating, 'you will always be with me'. Miss you Papa'. The Rajya Sabha MP was 74. Ram Vilas Paswan, who founded Lok Janshakti Party in 2000, had been admitted to Fortis Escort Hospital in Delhi since August 23. Paswan, an eight-time Lok Sabha member, was hospitalised after he went for a routine checkup.

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Paswan was one of the senior-most ministers in the Modi government. He was suffering from kidney and heart problems and was undergoing treatment for a long time. He had been very active in implementing the free grain distribution scheme run by his ministry during the coronavirus period. Ram Vilas Paswan Urges People to Boycott Chinese Products Amid Heightened Border Tensions in Ladakh.

Born in a Dalit family on 5 July 1946 in Bihar's Shaharbanni, Paswan started his political career as a Sanyukt Socialist Party MLA in the 1960s. He entered the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1977 as a Janata Party member from Hajipur constituency. He was re-elected in 1980, 1989, 1996 and 1998, 1999 and 2004. He lost the election in 2009, but was elected to Rajya Sabha. The LJP chief again won the Hajipur seat in 2014.

Paswan did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. He was elected to Rajya Sabha for the second time in June last year. He had a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Arts degrees.

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