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‘RSS Is Transparent, With The Congress You Just Don’t Know!’

The food and public distribution minister on the recent elections, the future of caste-based parties and the challenges ahead

‘RSS Is Transparent, With The Congress You Just Don’t Know!’
Tribhuvan Tiwari
‘RSS Is Transparent, With The Congress You Just Don’t Know!’
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Lok Janshakti Party leader from Bihar and union minister Ram Vilas Paswan has had eight stints in Parliament. As minister of Food and Public Distribution in the two-month-old BJP-led government, he faces a public that is increasingly aware of its entitlements. For the first time, Paswan finds himself sharing the same roof with another Member of Parliament—his son and first-time MP Chirag Paswan. In a free-wheeling interview, he speaks about an election in which voters seemed to surpass their caste identity, delivering food to the hungry and the future of caste-based parties.

How do you explain your party’s success in 2014 when all other so-called caste-based parties like the BSP and RJD lost?

My party has six Lok Sabha winners in this Parliament. This includes a Bhumihar, an upper caste, a Rajput, also upper caste we have Muslims…So we have Dalits, Muslims, other castes in the party. So how can we be a caste-based party?

Is caste-based politics over or is it the caste-based parties that are no longer...

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