New Delhi: Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, who recently underwent heart surgery in Delhi hospital, on Thursday evening passed away at the age of 74. The news was announced by his son and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Chirag Paswan. Also Read - Ram Vilas Paswan, a Man For All Seasons in Indian Politics, Cremated in Patna

Chirag Paswan tweeted, “Papa…you are not in this world today but I know no matter where you are, you will always be with me. Miss you papa.” Also Read - After Paswan's Demise, Athawale Sole Representative of NDA Allies in Modi Government

Paswan Senior was hospitalised on October 3 last week after a sudden deterioration that forced him to undergo a heart operation. He had been suffering from a heart condition for many years.

He was the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution after joining the Narendra Modi-led Union Cabinet in 2014. Previously, he had held ministerial positions in the UPA government as well as the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government at the Centre.

A veteran leader from Bihar, Ram Vilas Paswan had been in active politics for over five decades and was a key representative of the Dalit community. He also wanted to see his son become the chief minister of Bihar.

His death came just days after his son and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Chirag Paswan decided to go solo in the Bihar assembly polls.