Chandigarh, October 10

Union Minister and LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan passed away on Thursday, his son Chirag Paswan tweeted in the evening. He was 74. Paswan was in the hospital for weeks. He had undergone heart surgery recently.

President Ram Nath Kovind was among first to offer his condolences.

Paswan remained in active politics for more than five decades and was one of the country’s most noted Dalit leaders.

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