Baswan, India’s Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and General Distribution, was admitted to a city hospital on September 11th and underwent heart surgery on October 4th.
In his role as Minister of Food, Baswan oversaw the largest food welfare program in the world. As part of its billions of dollars in food aid, the government is providing very cheap rice and wheat to millions of poor people in India.
During his long political career, Baswan has worked with several prime ministers and served as India’s Minister of Mines, Steel, Communications and Information among other ministerial portfolios.
Paswan and his party represent the socially disadvantaged classes of India, which make up about three-quarters of the majority of the Hindu population who represent about 80% of India’s population of 1.3 billion.
The AKP enjoys significant support in Bihar, Baswan’s hometown in the east.
Bihar state elections will begin at the end of October and will last for three days, and Chiraj Baswan, MP, leads the AKP to vote in the state legislature.