Ram Vilas Paswan: News

Ram Vilas Paswan was a senior political leader of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and a former Union Minister from Bihar. He was a prominent Dalit leader and is credited with bringing the backward castes into the political mainstream. In 1969, Paswan started out as a member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly on the ticket of the Samyukta Socialist Party. In the 1970s, he joined the JP movement and opposed the Emergency (1975-77), during which he was arrested. After stints in the Janata Party and Janata Dal, he founded his own political party, LJP, in 2000. Paswan had great political foresight, aligning with parties who had favorable prospects for forming the next government. He served as a Union Minister consecutively in the National Front (1989-90), United Front (1996-98), Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1998-2004), UPA-I (2004-09), and the Narendra Modi (2014 onwards) governments. Paswan was elected to the Lok Sabha nine times in 1977, 1980, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004, and 2014. He was a Rajya Sabha MP from 2010 to 2014 and again from 2019 till his demise in 2020. Paswan passed away in 2020, just a few days after undergoing heart surgery.

17 Jul 2023

Lok Janshakti Party

Uncle vs nephew: LJP factions reluctant on BJP's merger attempt

In a bid to prevent the division of votes in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called on both factions of Bihar's erstwhile Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) to merge.

14 Jun 2021


5 LJP MPs rally against Chirag Paswan, support uncle Pashupati

Five of the six MPs from the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) have joined hands against their leader Chirag Paswan - leaving him isolated and marking a big development in Bihar's politics.

28 Oct 2020


Voting begins in Bihar; PM says, "Follow coronavirus-related precautions"

The high-stakes Bihar polls began today as voters of 71 out of the total 243 seats chose their pick, amid restrictions levied due to coronavirus pandemic.

08 Oct 2020


Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan dies at 74

In an unfortunate development, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has passed away, his son Chirag Paswan confirmed on Thursday evening. He was 74 years old.

27 Dec 2019


Your daily essentials could get more expensive in 2020

While we look forward to the new year, we're afraid there's already some bad news.

Skies cleared up, no need to reintroduce odd-even, says Kejriwal

On Monday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that there is no need to extend the odd-even road rationing scheme for now as the air in the national capital has started clearing up.

Delhi's tap water is most unsafe, Mumbai's best: Study

Tap water in Delhi is the most unsafe for drinking among several metro cities and state capitals, a government study has found.

12 Nov 2019

Shiv Sena

In poll-bound Jharkhand, BJP ally LJP decides to go 'solo'

For Bharatiya Janata Party, its allies are causing more headaches than the opposition could. After a bitter divorce with Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, another ally Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) has gone awry.

28 Jun 2019

Andhra Pradesh

Explained: What is Centre's 'One Nation One Ration Card' plan

The Centre, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is taking concrete steps to minimize corruption and ensure welfare schemes reach the last person in the queue.

22 May 2019

Narendra Modi

Before counting, Shah hosts dinner, PM Modi thanks NDA allies

As the nation braces itself for Lok Sabha elections' counting on Thursday, May 23, BJP moved to display its strength.

26 Apr 2019

Narendra Modi

PM Modi files nomination from Varanasi in allies' presence

On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi filed his nomination papers from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat in the presence of top BJP leaders and allies.

23 Dec 2018


#RoadTo2019: Bihar seat-sharing done, BJP-JD(U) to contest on 17 seats

In an apparent show of strength, BJP President Amit Shah, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, and Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan announced the seat sharing agreement for Lok Sabha elections 2019 on Sunday.

09 Nov 2018


LJP, RLSP demand same number of seats as in 2014-polls

Two NDA constituents, LJP and RLSP, have made it clear that the number of seats they wanted to contest for the next Lok Sabha election was the same as that of 2014.

07 Oct 2018

Narendra Modi

PM Modi's constituency Varanasi among the new RAF bases

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency, Varanasi, will be a new base for the Rapid Action Force (RAF), the specialized blue dungaree donning anti-riot and crowd control paramilitary unit of the country.

11 Sep 2018


Ram Vilas Paswan seeks 15% reservation for upper caste

Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, in an interview to Hindustan Times, demanded that the upper caste should get 15 per cent reservation.

05 Aug 2018


NDA allies in Bihar will cease to be politically-relevant: Congress

Parties like Nitish Kumar's JD(U) and Ram Vilas Paswan's LJP will cease to be politically relevant in Bihar if they stay in alliance with BJP, Congress leader in-charge of the state Shaktisinh Gohil said.

SC okays reservation in promotions in government jobs, for now

The SC today permitted the Center to continue with reservation for SC/ST employees in promotions for now, and agreed to hear a petition against quashing of the practice.

03 Jun 2018


Paswan meets Shah; seeks ordinance on Dalit-crimes, special-status for Bihar

Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan today met BJP President Amit Shah, seeking an ordinance to restore the original provisions of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and called for ensuring reservation in promotion for the community.

26 Apr 2018


Mumbai: Porters crushed by train didn't hear warning-horn, say police

Two porters, who were mowed down by a Mumbai local train on Tuesday while trying to clear the body of a 66-year-old man off the tracks, couldn't hear the repeated honks blown by the Virar-bound train motorman, cops said today.

1 crore students in hostels to get subsidized wheat/rice

The government will provide 15kg of wheat and rice per month to an estimated 1 crore students in all hostels with at least two-thirds of students from SC, ST, and OBC categories, under a scheme that could cost exchequer upto Rs.4,000cr annually.

06 Jan 2018


Celebs endorsing misleading ads to be banned for 3 years

In a bid to intensify the crackdown on false and misleading advertisements and protect consumers from being misled, the government has introduced the new, tougher Consumer Protection Bill in Lok Sabha.

07 Jul 2017

Indian Government

Govt: Post GST, prison term for not printing revised MRPs

In a bid to ensure compliance by manufacturers and retailers under the new GST regime, the government announced that parties who do not print revised maximum retail prices for unsold or newly manufactured goods would face a severe penalty.

EC seeks lifetime ban on convicted politicians

In an attempt to decriminalize politics, the Election Commission has approached the Supreme Court seeking a ban on convicted politicians from contesting elections.

12 Sep 2016


Rajnath Singh to visit Hungary in outreach initiative

India's Home Minister is scheduled to visit Hungary as part of an outreach initiative that the government has adopted to help strengthen bilateral ties.