National flag flies half mast in capitals to show respect to Ram Vilas Paswan
New Delhi : The national flag was flown at half mast in Delhi and other capitals of all states and UTs to mark respect for Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, who passed away on Thursday.
The Ministry of Home Affairs issued an official notification on Thursday after the minister died in a hospital in New Delhi, saying that a state funeral will be accorded to the late minister.
Paswan, founder of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and one of the most noted Dalit leaders of the country, passed away at the age of 74 after undergoing a heart surgery a few days ago. He had been in active politics for more than five decades.
His son Chirag Paswan announced the news of his demise on social media. "Papa .... Now you are not in this world but I know you are always with me wherever you are. Miss you Papa…," he tweeted, with a throwback photo of his father hugging him.
"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," Modi said in his condolence message.
"Shri Ram Vilas Paswan Ji rose in politics through hardwork and determination. As a young leader, he resisted tyranny and the assault on our democracy during the Emergency. He was an outstanding Parliamentarian and Minister, making lasting contributions in several policy areas," he said in subsequent tweet.
"Modi government will be committed to fulfill his dream of the welfare of poor and development of Bihar. My condolences to his family and supporters. I pray for the peace of the departed soul," Amit Shah said.