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BREAKING: Union Minister & LJP President Ram Vilas Paswan passes away

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 Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan passed away in Delhi on Thursday. He was 74. Ram Vilas Paswan had recently undergone heart surgery in a Delhi hospital and was one of the most noted Dalit leaders in the country. He had been hospitalised due to illness for the last few days.

Chirag Paswan, son of Ram Vilas Paswan and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief tweeted about the death on Thursday. “Papa …. Now you are not in this world but I know you are always with me wherever you are. Miss you Papa …” Chirag Paswan tweeted.

Earlier after his father’s operation, Chirag Paswan had said that Ram Vilas Paswan had to be operated on Saturday due to some sudden developments. He said another operation would be needed if the need arises.

Earlier the Lok Janshakti Party had announced its decision to go solo in the Bihar election.

Ram Vilas Paswan had also backed his son to take a call on LJP’s alliances for the upcoming Bihar assembly elections. “I stand firmly with every decision of his. I am confident that with his youthful thinking, Chirag will take the party and Bihar to new heights,” Paswan had said.

Why LJP decided to go solo?

The LJP said that the decision to go solo in the Bihar election was taken due to the party’s ideological differences with JD(U). LJP said that there is no rift with the BJP and the party will continue to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his vision for the development of the country, as well as Bihar.

The LJP’s decision came at the end of months-long sparring with the JD(U) over several issues, including Bihar’s handling of the coronavirus crisis and Nitish Kumar’s joining forces with former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.

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Manjhi, a Dalit leader like the Paswan, has an overlapping support base. Within the party, Chirag Paswan has not been shy about expressing his ambitions for the top job.

The LJP had also demanded an early decision on seat division. But there has been no response from the BJP. Despite the LJP repeatedly making it clear that it would contest against JD(U) unless given a fair share of seats, the BJP has so far been silent on the issue.

 

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