Oct. 8, 2020, 10:58 p.m.
New Delhi: Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan passed away on Thursday night after six decades of successful political career. As soon as he heard the news of his demise, there was despair in the political corridors. He was ill for a long time and was hospitalized. It is said that the government should belong to anyone, but Paswan definitely had some part in it. He was called the meteorologist of politics.
Ram Vilas Paswan emerged after the 1977 election in such a way that his win became a record. One leader from Bihar won the election with such a big margin that his name was included in the Guinness Book of World Records. In that election, Ram Vilas Paswan reached the Lok Sabha for the first time by defeating a Congress candidate from Hajipur seat by more than 4.25 lakh votes on a Janata Party ticket. Although Paswan became an MLA eight years ago, this victory gave Ram Vilas Paswan an identity as a national leader.
Government should be close to anyone
He was a minister in every Prime Minister’s government since 1989, except for the second UPA government of Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh. That is why it is said that whoever the government is, the Paswan must have lived in it. Currently he was the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. He was also a minister in the Third Front government, a Congress-led UPA government and a BJP-led NDA government. He was the only politician in the country who held the portfolio of six Prime Ministers in the governments.
Lalu Prasad Yadav once called him a ‘meteorologist’ while sarcastically for making his place in most governments. Paswan lost only once, when he left the Congress in 2009 and joined Lalu Prasad Yadav. He then lost from the same Hajipur seat from where he continued to win by record votes.
Born in a Dalit family in Khagaria district of Bihar, Ram Vilas Paswan was good at studies. He passed the Bihar Administrative Services Examination and was elected to the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police, or DSP. In 1969, Paswan contested from the Aloli assembly seat on the ticket of the United Socialist Party and it was from here that his political life began. Paswan later also joined the JP movement and spent nearly two years in jail after the Emergency in 1975.