Days after undergoing heart surgery, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has passed away. The news was announced by his son Chirag who took to Twitter with a short post.

Sharing a childhood photo, the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief wrote that Paswan was no longer with us. “But I know that wherever you are, you’re always with me. Miss you Papa,” he tweete

Following the news, condolences have poured in on social media platforms, with politicians across party lines ruing his passing. While many have called this the “end of an era”, others recalled fond memories that they had of the politician.

“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,” tweeted Prime Minister Modi.

A firebrand socialist in youth, mentored by the likes of Jayaprakash Narayan during anti-Emergency movement, Paswan ji had enviable rapport with masses and he ardently strove for their welfare. Condolences to his family and supporters,” wrote President Kovind.

“Deeply anguished by the demise of Union Minister, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan Ji. He was an exemplary leader who served the people and nation till his last breath. He was a distinguished parliamentarian and always strove for the empowerment of the marginalised,” tweeted Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.

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