Sharad Yadav Biography – An Indian Politician from Rashtriya Janata Dal

Sharad Yadav was an Indian politician from Rashtriya Janata Dal party. He was elected to Lok Sabha seven times and to Rajya Sabha thrice from JD. He was the first national president of Janata Dal since its formation in 2003 till year 2016.

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Real Name: Sharad Yadav
Profession: Indian politician
Birthplace: Babai, Central Provinces, and Berar, British India
Spouse: Rekha Yadav
Age: 75

Sharad Yadav (1 July 1947 – 12 January 2023) was an Indian politician from Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) party. He was elected to Lok Sabha seven times and to Rajya Sabha thrice from JD(U). He was the first national president of Janata Dal (United) from its formation in 2003 till the year 2016. He was disqualified from Rajya Sabha and removed from party leadership positions for engaging in anti-party activities.

Sharad Yadav Biography
Sharad Yadav Biography
Sharad Yadav Biography
Member of Parliament Lok Sabha
In office
1974–19801989–1998 1999–20042009 – 2014
Ministry of Civil Aviation;
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution
In office
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
1986–19892004–20092014 – 2017
Personal details
Born 1 July 1947
Babai, Central Provinces, and Berar, British India
(Present day Makhan Nagar, Madhya Pradesh, India)
Died 12 January 2023 (aged 75)
Gurugram, Haryana, India
Political party Rashtriya Janata Dal
Other political
Janata Dal (United)
Loktantrik Janata Dal (until 2022)
Rekha Yadav (m. 1989)
Children 2
Residence New Delhi
Alma mater Jabalpur Engineering College (B.E)
Robertson College Jabalpur (B.Sc)
Occupation Politician
Sharad Yadav Biography
Sharad Yadav Biography

Political career

Parliamentary constituencies

Yadav was elected to Lok Sabha for the first time from Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh in 1974 in a by-poll. It was the time when the JP Movement was at its peak and he was the first candidate chosen by Shri Jai Prakash Narayan for the political arena on the election symbol of Haldar Kisan. In 1977, he was re-elected from the same constituency. When Janata Party split in 1979, he sided with the Charan Singh faction. When Rajiv Gandhi first entered Lok Sabha by winning a by-poll from Amethi in 1981, Sharad Yadav was the losing candidate on the Lok Dal ticket. He lost from Badaun in UP in 1984 on a Lok Dal ticket under Charan Singh’s leadership. He was elected from Badaun (Lok Sabha constituency) in the year 1989 as a Janata Dal member.

Thereafter, he contested the Madhepura Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar except in the by-election caused by Lalu Yadav resigning his seat in 2004. He won the Madhepura seat four times in 1991, 1996, 1999, and 2009. He has been defeated four times from the Madhepura constituency – twice by Lalu Prasad Yadav in 1998 and 2004, by Pappu Yadav of RJD in 2014, and by JD-U’s Dinesh Yadav in 2019 when Sharad Yadav contested on RJD’s ticket.

In 2017, he gave a speech comparing votes to daughter’s honor and suggesting to prefer the former. He was one of the accused in the hawala scandal; however, the charges were dismissed by the Supreme Court of India.

Loktantrik Janata Dal

The Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) is a political party in India launched by Sharad Yadav in May 2018 after he parted ways from Janata Dal (United) due to its alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party in Bihar.

A merger with Bahujan Mukti Party (founded on 6 December 2012) was proposed but was called off. and was set up as a political wing of All India Backward (SC, ST, OBC) and Minority Communities Employees Federation (BAMCEF). V. L. Matang is the current President of the Bahujan Mukti Party.

Personal life (Sharad Yadav Biography)

Yadav was born on 1 July 1947 to Nand Kishore Yadav and Sumitra Yadav in Babai village in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Robertson College Jabalpur which branched into Government Science College, Jabalpur, and his Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Jabalpur Engineering College. He was an agriculturist, educationist, and engineer by profession. Most of his political career is from Bihar state. He married Rekha Yadav on 15 February 1989, with whom he has a son and a daughter. His daughter Subhashini Raja Rao joined Indian National Congress just before the 2020 Bihar Legislative Assembly election and announced her plans to contest from the Bihariganj seat. She contested the seat as a candidate of RJD and lost. Sharad Yadav’s son Shantanu Bundela is a postgraduate from the University of London.

Sharad Yadav Family
Sharad Yadav Family

Yadav died on 12 January 2023 in Gurugram, at the age of 75.

Positions held (Sharad Yadav Biography)

Year Position held
1974 Elected to 5th Lok Sabha in bye-election from Jabalpur constituency.
1977 Re-elected to 6th Lok Sabha (2nd term) from Jabalpur constituency and President, Yuva Janata Dal
1978 General Secretary, Lok Dal President, Yuva Lok Dal
July 1986 Elected to Rajya Sabha
1989–1991 Elected to 9th Lok Sabha (3rd term) from Badaun constituency.
1989–1997 General Secretary, Janata Dal; Chairman, Janata Dal Parliamentary Board
1989–1990 Union Cabinet Minister, Textiles and Food Processing Industries
1991–1996 Re-elected to 10th Lok Sabha (4th term) from Madhepura constituency and Member, of Public Accounts Committee
1996–1997 Re-elected to 11th Lok Sabha (5th term) from Madhepura constituency and Chairman, Finance Committee
1997–1999 President, Janata Dal
1999–2004 Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (6th term) from Madhepura constituency and defeated Lalu Prasad Yadav
13 October 1999 – 31 August 2001 Union Cabinet Minister, Civil Aviation
1 September 2001 – 30 June 2002 Union Cabinet Minister, Labour
1 July 2002 – 15 May 2004 Union Cabinet Minister, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
July 2004 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha (2nd term); Member, Business Advisory Committee, Member, Committee on Water Resources, Member, General Purposes Committee, Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs
May 2006 – May 2009 Member, Parliamentary Forum on Population and Public Health
June 2006 – May 2009 and October 2014 onwards Member, Committee on Ethics
September 2007 onwards President, India-Nepal Parliamentary Group
October 2007 – May 2009 Member, Samsad (Court) of Visva Bharati
May 2008 – May 2009 Member, Committee on Installation of Portraits/Statues of National Leaders and Parliamentarians in Parliament House Complex
2009–2014 Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (7th term) from Madhepura constituency
31 August 2009 – 2010 Chairman, Committee on Urban Development
March 2011 – October 2013 Member, JPC to examine matters relating to Allocation and pricing of Telecom Licences and Spectrum
December 2013 Vice-President, Parliamentary Forum on Millennium Development Goals
2014 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha (3rd term)
September 2014 onwards Member, General Purposes Committee
September 2014 – August 2016 Member, Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas
October 2014 – July 2016 Member, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Maintenance of Heritage Character and Development of Parliament House Complex
December 2014 – July 2016 Chairman, Committee on Provision of Computers to Members of Rajya Sabha
April 2015 – July 2016 Member, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Security in Parliament House Complex
May 2015 – July 2016 Member, Joint Committee on the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Second Amendment) Bill, 2015
June 2016 – December 2017 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha (fourth term)
July 2016 – September 2017 Chairman, Committee on Industry
November – December 2017 Member, Joint Committee on Offices of Profit Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas
April – July 2017 Member, Select Committee of Rajya Sabha on the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-third Amendment) Bill, 2017

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