Ram Vilas Paswan (Bihar LJSP Lok Sabha Hajipur 62) In his political career he was elected in Lok Sabha for the first time in 1977 and was re-elected in 1980, 1989, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004. In 1975, when emergency was proclaimed in India, he was arrested and spent the entire period in jail and in 1977 when he was released he became a member of Janata Party and won election to Parliament for the first time on its ticket. From 1996-98 Paswan served as the Railway Minister. Thereafter, he was the Union Communications Minister from October 1999 to September 2001 when he was shifted to the Coal Ministry, which portfolio he held till April 2002. In 2000 Paswan broke from the Janata Dal (United), to form the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP). Following the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, Paswan joined the United Progressive Alliance government and was made the Union Minister in Ministry of
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