New Delhi: The news of Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan’s death has been met with mournful condolences from several notable politicians such as PM Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and more. Here is a look at what these leaders said. ALSO READ | ‘Saddened Beyond Words’: PM Modi Condoles Death Of Ram Vilas Paswan – One Of India’s Noted Dalit Leader
President Ram Nath Kovind wrote honored the late Union Minister by calling him “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.
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) October 8, 2020
“He never failed to speak up for the deprived. His perspectives in policy-making were invaluable,” wrote Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Saddened to hear about the passing away of Minister @irvpaswan. A seasoned leader, he never failed to speak up for the deprived. His perspectives in policy making were invaluable. Amiable, accessible and unassuming, his absence will be felt for a long time to come.
— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) October 8, 2020
Leader of opposition in Bihar, RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav said “Lalu ji was always concerned about his health. Today Ram Vilas Paswan ji has passed away when Chirag Paswan needed him the most. Our deep condolences to his family, we are standing with them. I started my political career with Paswan ji, did many election campaigns as RJD & LJP were in an alliance in 2010”.
Former Bihar CM and RJD leader Rabri Devi condoled the LJP founder’s demise by saying, “May God provide peace to him and strength to his family. This is a loss for the entire politics in Bihar, people are sad. The entire RJD is sad that such a tall leader has left us. Our entire family is gloomy”.
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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also sent his condolences on Twitter.
Heartfelt condolences on the demise of Union Minister Shri Ram Vilas Paswan Ji. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 8, 2020
Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi wrote, “The news of the untimely demise of Ram Vilas Paswan ji is sad. The poor-downtrodden lost a strong political voice today. My condolences to his family”.
As per reports, Ram Vilas Paswan passed away at a hospital in New Delhi this evening. He had undergone heart surgery on Saturday. The news of his passing away was shared by his son Chirag Paswan.