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Ram Vilas Paswan, the 'weather vane' of Indian politics, dies aged 74

His death comes with the Assembly election in Bihar less than a month away

Ram Vilas Paswan
Paswan, who belongs to the Dusadh caste, an untouchable community, launched the LJP in 2000 after a long and stellar association with socialists in their various incarnations

Ram Vilas Paswan, the Dalit leader who rose to become Union minister and wielded power to make or break governments, whose record margins of electoral victory remain unbroken, and had political judgement so unerring he was called a  weather vane by his adversaries, died aged 74 on Thursday. His death comes with the Assembly election in Bihar less than a month away. His son Chirag, has announced the party Paswan founded, the Lok Janashakti Party (LJP), will contest against one member of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the election — the Janata Dal (United), ...