Ramchandra Paswan Passes Away Following Heart Attack

File photo of Ramchandra Paswan, LJP MP from Samastipur.

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New Delhi: Nine days after he was rushed to Delhi's Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital following a cardiac arrest on July 12, Ramchandra Paswan, the younger brother of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan, died on Sunday at the age of 57.

A four-time MP, the LJP leader was first elected a Member of Parliament (MP) in 1999 on Janata Dal – U ticket. In 2004, he won again on his brother's party ticket. He lost his bid for the Parliament in 2009 but won again in 2014. He was sent to the Parliament once again this year after his win from Samastipur constituency.

Paswan is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter and other family members, including another brother Pashupati Kumar Paras and son Chirag Paswan, an MP from Jamui in Bihar.

According to family members, Paswan breathed his last at 1:24 pm Sunday. His body will be flown to Patna on Monday where it will be kept at the LJP office for people to pay their last tribute. Later, his body will be consigned to flame at 4:00 pm.

Meanwhile, politicians cutting across party line were sending their condolences as the news of Paswan's passing away spread.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a tweet, said, "Ramchandra Paswanji worked tirelessly for the poor and downtrodden. At every forum, he spoke unequivocally for the rights of farmers and youngsters. His social service efforts were noteworthy. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti."

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Home Minister Amit Shah wrote on his twitter account: "Anguished to learn about the passing of Ramchandra Paswanji. He will always be remembered for his efforts to empower the poor and marginalised. My deepest condolences to the Paswan family and his supporters in this hour of grief.”

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while announcing a full state honors cremation for Paswan on Monday, said that the departed soul was an able politician and a renowned social activist. "He was a soft-mannered and sociable person and his death is an irreparable loss not only to society but to state politics as well,” the CM said in his message to the Paswan family.

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