LAW KUMAR MISHRA
PATNA: Union food and consumer affairs minister,Ram Vilas Paswan,literally the tallest leader from Bihar died in a New Delhi hospital tonight.He had the longest political career too as he had was first elected to Bihar assembly from Alauli in Khagaria district in 1969.
He had set a record in 1977 Lok Sabha elections from Hajipur as he won with largest majority in the world.
For the first time in the last 50 years,Paswan’s absence will be felt in the coming assembly elections.The Dalit face of NDA had served as minister under six Prime Ministers of Congress,BJP,United Front,Janata Party from V P Singh to,Man Mohan Singh to Narendra Modi.
He was instrumental in getting the recommendations of B P Mandal Commission implemented and picture of B R Ambedkar installed in the Parliament Hall.Paswan was an activist in the JP led movement in 1974 and was imprisoned under MISA in Phulwarisharif jail..Paswan’s death during the peak of the assembly elections will have impact on the outcome as on today itself,his son,Chirag Paswan alleged Bihar chief Minister,Nitish Kumar ignored him and remained indifferent to Paswan’s health.Chirag had claimed the Prime Minister,Narendra Modi,Home Minister,Amit Shah,union minister had inquired about his health and visited the hospital,but Bihar CM ignored him.
Chief Minister,Nitish Kumar in a condolence message recalled his old association with Paswan and said it was his personal loss.:It is a great loss to Indian politics,Nitish said.
LJP headquarters on Shahed Pir Ali Khan Marg(Airport Road } which was active due to political activities soon turned into a scene of gloom as Chirag Paswan’s tweet reached them.His supporters were seen weeping and recalling Paswan’s association with them.
LAW KUMAR MISHRA