LJP MP Ram Chandra Paswan dies at 56
Lok Sabha member Ram Chandra Paswan, younger brother of Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, died at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in New Delhi on Sunday due to cardiac arrest, the family said. He was 56.
The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader passed away around 10.30 a.m. He was admitted to the hospital last week after suffering a heart attack.
Ram Vilas Paswan's son Chirag Paswan told PTI that Ram Chandra Paswan's body will be kept at the late minister's residence at 18, Rajindra Prasad road in New Delhi after 5 pm for paying last respects.
"The body will then be taken to Patna, where it will be kept at Lok Janshakti Party's office there from 11 am to 3 pm for paying the last respects. He will be cremated at 4 pm in Patna," he said.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla were among those who condoled his death.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were present to pay their tributes to Ram Chandra Paswan, newsagency ANI reported.
Delhi: Union Home Minister & BJP leader Amit Shah pays tribute to Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) Member of Parliament, Ram Chandra Paswan who passed away today. Ram Chandra Paswan is brother of Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan. pic.twitter.com/PYwrBdDolxANI (@ANI) July 21, 2019
Delhi: Union Defence Minister & BJP leader Rajnath Singh pays tribute to Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) Member of Parliament, Ram Chandra Paswan who passed away today. Ram Chandra Paswan is brother of Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan. pic.twitter.com/CvZ8dJBJa9ANI (@ANI) July 21, 2019
"Sad to hear of the passing of Shri Ram Chandra Paswan, MP (LS) from Samastipur, Bihar. He remained committed to serving those at the grassroots and contributed much to the well being of the people of Bihar. Condolences to his family, constituents and colleagues," President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted.
Ram Nath Kovind said, "I express my condolences on the untimely demise of Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan's brother and Lok Sabha MP Ram Chandra Paswan ji."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Ram Chandra Paswan worked tirelessly for the poor and downtrodden and spoke about the rights of farmers and the youth.
"Shri Ram Chandra Paswan Ji worked tirelessly for the poor and downtrodden. At every forum he spoke unequivocally for the rights of farmers and youngsters. His social service efforts were noteworthy. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti," PM Modi tweeted.
The Lok Sabha speaker too offered condolences to the bereaved family members. "I am sad to learn about the untimely demise of Lok Janshakti Party's Lok Sabha MP Ram Chandra Paswan ji. I pray to God to grant his soul a place in his feet," he tweeted.
A four-time MP, Ram Chandra Paswan represented Bihar's Samstipur in the Lok Sabha. He is survived by his wife Sunaina Kumari, two sons and a daughter.
Ram Chandra Paswan was re-elected to the Lok Sabha in 2004 and then again for the third time in 2014.
In May 2019, he was elected to the Lower House of Parliament from Samastipur in Bihar for the fourth time on a LJP ticket.
(With inputs from PTI)