Chennai: Tamilnadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, DMK president M K Stalin and other leaders from the State have condoled the death of Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan.
“Paswan fought for social justice and development of poor people throughout his life. His demise is a great loss to the country,” Palaniswami said.
Stalin said in a tweet, “Heartfelt condolences to @iChiragPaswan and his family on the demise of Thiru #RamVilasPaswan, Founder of @LJP4India and Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution. Indian politics has lost a dynamic leader today.”
Paswan, the founder of the Lok Janshakti Party — died on Thursday at a Delhi hospital where he was recuperating from heart surgery.
The last rites of Paswan will take place in Patna on Saturday. Twitter was flooded with tributes for the departed leader.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “I am saddened beyond words. There is a void in our nation that will perhaps never be filled. Shri Ram Vilas Paswan ji’s demise is a personal loss. I have lost a friend, valued colleague and someone who was extremely passionate to ensure every poor person leads a life of dignity.”
Congress president Sonia Gandhi said, “My deepest condolences on the passing away of Shri Ram Vilas Paswan. A towering personality, who stood with the cause of social justice and empowerment of the most marginalized, Shri Paswan will be forever remembered for asserting the cause of social and political equity.”