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Prez, PM pay last respects to Ram Vilas Paswan

Last updated on: October 09, 2020 15:07 IST

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh paid tributes to Union minister and Lok Janshakti Party leader Ram Vilas Paswan at his residence on Friday.

IMAGE: President Ram Nath Kovind pays his respects to Ram Vilas Paswan's family. Photograph: @rashtrapatibhvn/Twitter

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders including Amit Shah, J P Nadda, Giriraj Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Rajnath Singh, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Ramdas Athavale, Jitendra Kumar, also paid tributes to the departed leader.


Others who offered condolences and prayers at Paswan's residence included BJP MPs Pragya Thakur and Ramesh Bidhuri, Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar, Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Misa Bharti and senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.

Paswan, one of the most prominent Dalit leaders of the country who had been a part of several governments headed by rival parties, died on Thursday at the age of 74.

IMAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to Ram Vilas Paswan. Photograph: @narendramodi/Twitter

The Lok Janshakti Party founder and minister for consumer affairs, food and public distribution was admitted to a private hospital in New Delhi for several weeks and had recently undergone a heart operation.

A meeting of the Union Cabinet has been convened on Friday to express condolences over the minister's demise.

IMAGE: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the house of deceased minister Ram Vilas Paswan. Photograph: @rajnathsingh/Twitter

The Union home ministry has announced the national flag will fly at half mast in Delhi and capitals of all states and union territories on Friday as a mark of respect to Paswan.

A state funeral will also be accorded to the Union minister.

IMAGE: Home Minister Amit Shah lays a wreath to pay his respects. Photograph: @amitshah/Twitter

Paswan's body will be flown to the party's office in Patna in the afternoon and the cremation will take place there.

IMAGE: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor pays his respects. Photograph: @shashitharoor/Twitter

IMAGE: BJP president JP Nadda pays tribute to the mortal remains of Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party leader Ramvilas Paswan after his demise on Thursday evening, at his Janpath residence in New Delhi. Photograph: Kamal Singh/PTI Photo

IMAGE: Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal pays tribute to the mortal remains of Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party leader Ramvilas Paswan after his demise. Photograph: Kamal Singh/PTI Photo
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