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Sharad Yadav, Former Union Minister and Ex-JD(U) Chief, Passes Away at 75

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Edited By: Arpita Raj


Last Updated: January 13, 2023, 00:03 IST

Delhi, India

File photo of Sharad Yadav. (Image: News18)

File photo of Sharad Yadav. (Image: News18)

A statement from the hospital said Sharad Yadav was brought to the emergency ward in an unconscious and unresponsive state

Former union minister and RJD leader Sharad Yadav passed away at the age of 75 at a private hospital in Gurugram, his daughter Subhashini Sharad Yadav confirmed the news on Twitter on Thursday. He is survived by his wife, a daughter, and a son. The former JD(U) chief had been keeping low after battling health issues for months.

A statement from the Fortis Memorial Research Institute said Yadav was brought to the emergency ward in an unconscious and unresponsive state. “On examination, he did not have any pulse or recordable blood pressure. He underwent CPR as per ACLS protocols. Despite best efforts, he could not be revived and was declared dead at 10.19 pm," the news agency PTI quoted a statement as saying.

According to sources, he was fine till the afternoon but later faced some health issues after which he was taken to the hospital.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the demise of Yadav. He tweeted, “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."


Born on July 1, 1947 in Babai village in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh, Yadav was elected to Lok Sabha for the first time from Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh in 1974 in a by-poll.

In 1977, he was re-elected from the same constituency. When Janata Party split in 1979, he sided with Charan Singh faction. When Rajiv Gandhi first entered Lok Sabha by winning by-poll from Amethi in 1981, Yadav was the losing candidate on Lok Dal ticket. He lost from Badaun in Uttar Pradesh in 1984 on Lok Dal ticket under Charan Singh’s leadership. He was elected from Badaun (Lok Sabha constituency) in the year 1989 as Janata Dal member, according to Wikipedia.

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

In May 2018, he launched Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) after parting ways from JD(U) due to its alliance with BJP in Bihar.

Last year in March, he merged his party LJD with Rashtriya Janata Dal, pitching for unity in opposition ranks to take on the BJP. This development was seen as an effort to rehabilitate his colleagues and other associates as his party LJD could never become a serious force.

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first published:January 12, 2023, 23:11 IST
last updated:January 13, 2023, 00:03 IST