Ram Vilas Paswan

  • LJP's Chirag Paswan hits back, calls Lalu a 'retired comedian' August 18, 2014

    Patna: Lok Janshakti Party Vice President Chirag Paswan on Monday called Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad a retired comedian. In retaliation to Lalu's comment on his father and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, he said, "During polls, Lalu comes up with such jokes. He must know that he is...
  • Lalu Prasad calls Paswan 'weathercock', LJP leader hits back August 18, 2014

    Lalu Prasad on Sunday called LJP chief and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan a 'weathercock', saying he switches sides at the drop of a hat, evoking a sharp response where the RJD supremo was questioned for joining hands with arch rival Nitish Kumar. At a rally in Chapra, 75 km from...
  • NDA leaders attend Iftar party by Ram Vilas Paswan July 28, 2014

    Several NDA leaders attended the Iftar party organised by Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan at the state headquarters of the Lok Janshakti Party. Paswan greeted and welcomed everybody on the occasion and prayed for development and prosperity of the nation as well as Bihar. Rashtriya...
  • PM should intervene on UPSC CSAT issue: LJP July 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Expressing concern over falling success ratio of students from rural background in UPSC civil service examination, Ram Vilas Paswan-led LJP on Saturday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention into the matter. LJP Parliamentary Board Chairman and Paswan's son Chirag, in a letter to Modi, said the Prime Minister should...
  • India to free up extra 10 million tonne wheat in open market July 24, 2014

    New Delhi: India will free up another 10 million tonnes of wheat in the open market, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Thursday after a Cabinet meeting, as part of efforts to keep a lid on food prices. The government buys rice and wheat from local farmers to build reserves...
  • Paswan seeks punitive measures against hoarders July 20, 2014

    Union Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Sunday blamed hoarders for the "sudden" increase in prices of essential commodities and suggested framing of stern laws to deal with them. "It has been noticed that food and vegetable prices shoot as hoarders stockpile these commodities and make a kill...
  • Congress hits out at government over price rise July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress on Friday launched a scathing attack on the NDA government over price rise and ridiculed Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan for attributing food inflation to hoarding and other reasons. "When did they make those earthshaking discoveries? When did they come across this enlightenment?...
  • Government plans to crackdown on hoarders, make Essential Commodities Act more effective to control prices July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Calling hoarding an anti-national activity, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday asked state governments to rise above politics to control prices by effectively enforcing the Essential Commodities Act. The current price rise is a temporary phenomenon created by hoarders, he said. "Controlling inflation...
  • Government to act against hoarders to bring down food prices: Paswan June 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Blaming the rise in food prices on hoarding and black-marketing, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Thursday said the government will come down heavily on hoarders and bring down prices at the earliest. Paswan, who is also Minister of Consumer Affairs, said the government's top priority is to control...
  • Implementation of Food Security Act extended by 3 months June 26, 2014

    New Delhi: After a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Food and Supplies Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Thursday announced that the states and union territories have been given three months to implement the National Food Security Act. "The food security law came into force on July 5, 2013. As...
  • Ram Vilas Paswan defends rail fare hike, terms it as 'compulsion' June 23, 2014

    Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday defended the steep rail fare hike effected by the Centre last week, saying it was a "compulsion" as no government wants to increase fares. Justifying the hike, the Consumer Affairs Minister recalled the rationale offered by former prime minister V P Singh for petrol...
  • Sugar prices to shoot up as government hikes import duty to 40 per cent June 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Sugar prices are likely yo shoot up as the Union government has increase the import duty on the product to 40 per cent. Food and Civil Supplies Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Monday that the import duty would be hiked by 25 per cent from the current 15...
  • Government working on national marketing policy: Ram Vilas Paswan June 21, 2014

    Union Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday hinted at introducing a national marketing policy to contain price rise. Talking to reporters in Jaipur during his two-day visit to the state, Paswan said, "To contain price rise there is need for a national marketing police...
  • Consumer Affairs Minister takes measure to control inflation June 18, 2014

    With the Narendra Modi government claiming to control inflation in the country, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday said that 50 lakh tonnes of rice would be released at APL rates. ...
  • NDA will form next government in Bihar: Ram Vilas Paswan June 14, 2014

    Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief and union minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday said the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance will form the government in Bihar after the next state assembly polls. "I am confident and sure that the NDA will form the next government if polls for state assembly...
  • Ram Vilas Paswan mocks at 'compulsive' coming together of Lalu Prasad, Nitish Kumar June 14, 2014

    Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday mocked at the "compulsive" coming together of rivals JD(U)'s Nitish Kumar and RJD's Lalu Prasad and said it would not help them as they have been rejected by people. "Those who missed no opportunity to abuse each other...
  • Ram Vilas Paswan to meet PM Modi on price rise issues today June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to discuss about food prices and sugarcane arrears, among other issues. "The meeting is scheduled in the evening. The Food Minister will brief the Prime Minister about prevailing food price situation, concerns about sugarcane...
  • Paswan to meet Prime Minister on Friday on price rise issues June 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to discuss about food prices and sugarcane arrears, among other issues. "The meeting is scheduled in the evening. The Food Minister will brief the Prime Minister about prevailing food price situation, concerns about sugarcane...
  • Badaun gangrape victims' family claims being threatened June 2, 2014

    The family of the Badaun rape victims on Monday alleged that they have received threats and demanded security from Central forces, saying they do not trust the state police. "We are receiving threats. We are being told that who will protect us once the media leaves the village and politicians...
  • Political blame game over Badaun gangrape continues June 2, 2014

    Political blame game over the Badaun gangrape continues. While BSP chief Mayawati demanded President's Rule; LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan who met the bereaved families today asked why the UP CM have not yet paid them a visit yet. ...
  • Ram Vilas Paswan meets Badaun gangrape victims' family June 2, 2014

    Badaun: Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan met the family of Badaun gangrape victims on Monday. He also hit out at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for not visiting the village even after such a horrific incident. Paswan said, "What is saddening is that such an...
  • JD(U) office bearers to meet tomorrow, discuss future strategy May 27, 2014

    After the drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls in Bihar, Janata Dal (United) officer bearers will meet in the national capital on Wednesday to discuss their future political strategy. The meeting to be chaired by party President Sharad Yadav will be attended by office-bearers from various states including Bihar, the only...
  • Improving PDS, curbing price rise top priorities: Ram Vilas Paswan May 27, 2014

    Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday said his top priorities will be to contain price rise in food items, improve public distribution system (PDS) and create adequate storage capacity for food grains. Speaking to reporters after assuming charge as Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Paswan said: "I...
  • Modi's Cabinet: Probable portfolios for the Council of Minsters June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: All the 45 members of Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers took oath along with him on Monday but a final say is yet to be taken on the distribution of portfolios. While it is almost clear that Bharatiya Janata Party Pesident Rajnath Singh will be inducted as the Home...
  • Ram Vilas Paswan, a prominent Dalit face of Narendra Modi government June 14, 2014

    A seasoned politician, Ram Vilas Paswan is credited with removing the tag of 'political untouchability' from Narendra Modi by being the first to rejoin the NDA which he had quit following the 2002 Gujarat riots. Known in political circles for correctly judging which way the wind was blowing, the 67-year-old Lok...
  • Kamal Nath front-runner for Leader of Opposition May 23, 2014

    Senior-most Congress MP Kamal Nath is expected to be nominated as Leader of Opposition, party sources said on Friday. Kamal Nath is the "front-runner" for the post, the sources said. "Going by seniority, Kamal Nath is number one (choice for the position)," a senior Congress MP said. However, he added that other...
  • Nitish to enter Parliament to build front against Modi, as Lalu extends support May 22, 2014

    Former Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is likely to enter Parliament through the Rajya Sabha. With Nitish Kumar taking the reins of the Janata Deal United after relinquishing the post of Bihar chief minister in the aftermath of his party's massive debacle, he may opt for the Rajya Sabha to...
  • Nitish Kumar was left with no option, says Ram Vilas Paswan May 17, 2014

    LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday shrugged off the resignation of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as a "drama" and claimed that there was internal rebellion in JD(U) and he was left with no option. The former Union minister said that people of Bihar have rejected both-- RJD chief Lalu...
  • LS polls: We will get more than 30 seats in Bihar, says Ram Vilas Paswan May 14, 2014

    LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday said that the NDA will get more than 30 seats in Bihar. In an interview to CNN-IBN, Paswan also said that the NDA government will be formed under Narendra Modi this time. ...
  • Lalu tweets about stopping Modi like Advani's rath yatra May 8, 2014

    RJD president Lalu Prasad on Thursday claimed to halt BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's political ambition the way he had stopped the "rath yatra" of LK Advani in Bihar in 1990. Without taking the names of the two leaders, Lalu tweeted, "Pehle guru ko roka tha, ab chele ka number...