Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa condoled the death of Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Thursday.

Yediyurappa wrote on his twitter handle “Deeply anguished by the passing away of Union Minister and veteran leader Shri Ram Vilas Paswan ji. He will be remembered as a leader who gave voice to the poor, underprivileged, and marginalised. My heartfelt condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti”.

Deve Gowda, in whose cabinet Ram worked as Railway Minister, also said he was deeply saddened.

“I am deeply saddened by the demise of Union Minister and 8-term MP Shri. Ram Vilas Paswan ji. He was very dear to me and had worked as the Railways Minister in my cabinet. Losing a very senior leader like him is a great loss for our country,” the JD(S) leader tweeted.

Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah also condoled the death of Ram and said he was one of the finest leaders in the country.

Karnataka BJP President Nalin Kumar Kateel also expressed grief over the death of Ram. He had been in active politics for more than five decades and was a senior Dalit leader, he said.

KPCC President DK Shivakumar also expressed grief over the passing away of the union minister.

Ram Vilas Paswan, who was the Lok Janshakti Party patron, had undergone a heart surgery at a hospital in Delhi a few days ago and died on Thursday evening.