13 Jan 2023

Sharad Yadav Passes Away, Condolences Pour In

Gurugram: Former Union Minister Sharad Yadav passed away Thursday night at the age of 75.  The former Janata Dal (United) president breathed his last at Fortis Hospital in Gurugram.  The news of his death was confirmed by his daughter Subhashini Sharad Yadav through a Facebook post. 

Sharad Yadav has been among those leaders who stayed with both Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar, but Sharad Yadav was isolated after political relations with Nitish Kumar deteriorated. Due to being seriously ill, his political activities were reduced considerably.

PM expresses grief

Many leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lalu Yadav, Deputy CM of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav, Leader of Opposition Vijay Sinha have expressed grief over the death of Sharad Yadav.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders across India extended their condolences on his demise. "Pained by the passing away of Shri Sharad Yadav Ji. In his long years in public life, he distinguished himself as MP and Minister. He was greatly inspired by Dr. Lohia’s ideals. I will always cherish our interactions. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti," PM Modi's tweet read. 

Lalu wrote – I am feeling very helpless

Lalu Yadav wrote in his tweet – Just got the sad news of Sharad Bhai's departure at night in Singapore. I feel very helpless. We had met before coming and we had thought a lot in the context of socialist and social justice.

Lalu Yadav has shared this post with video message from the hospital itself. 

Bihar's Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav said- I am saddened by the news of untimely demise of great socialist leader, my guardian respected Sharad Yadav ji. I am unable to say anything.

Yadav held various portfolios in AB Vajpayee government

Born on July 1, 1947, Sharad Yadav made his identity grow from Bihar to national politics. Born in a farmer's family in Bandai village of Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh, Yadav was one of those leaders who entered politics from student union. 

Sharad Yadav held various portfolios in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government between 1999 and 2004. In 2003, Yadav became the president of the Janata Dal United JD(U), a party that included his other former follower, Nitish Kumar. After he was defeated in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, Nitish Kumar helped him get a Rajya Sabha seat.

Yadav’s relations with Nitish Kumar soured

In 2009, Sharad Yadav was again elected to the Lok Sabha from Madhepura. But after the JD(U)’s defeat in the 2014 general elections, Yadav’s relations with Nitish Kumar soured.

Later, Sharad Yadav parted ways with Nitish Kumar and founded his own party, the Loktantarik Janata Dal (LJD) in 2018.

Sharad's party merged with RJD

In March 2022, Yadav announced that the LJD will merge with the Rashtriya Janata Dal as part of his efforts to unite various offshoots of the erstwhile Janata Dal. It marked Yadav's coming together with Lalu Prasad after more than three decades.

Sharad Yadav first hoisted his political flag in Madhya Pradesh, followed by Uttar Pradesh and then Bihar. Yadav had also been the national president of JDU, and has been counted as the socialist leaders of the country.  He had been MP many times from Madhepura seat of Bihar. 

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