In Narendra Modi's Cabinet, he has been given charge of the ministries of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
Mr Paswan, 67, a powerful Dalit leader from Bihar, played a big role in helping Narendra Modi shed the "political pariah" tag. At a time when the BJP's prime ministerial face was desperately looking for new allies, the Lok Janshakti Party founder dumped Lalu Prasad Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal to stitch an alliance with the BJP earlier this year.
10 years ago, Mr Paswan had walked out of the BJP-led alliance citing the 2002 riots in Gujarat on Mr Modi's watch. He was already upset at being shifted from the high-profile telecom ministry.
The LJP leader has now won his eighth term to the Lok Sabha. His son Chirag, who played a big role in convincing him to rejoin Mr Modi's BJP, and brother Ram Chandra too have been elected. A film actor-turned-politician, Chirag is the LJP's answer to Tejaswi and Tej Pratap Yadav, who are being groomed by Lalu to take over the reins of the RJD.
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