Former union minister and Loktrantik Janata Dal (LJD) chief Sharad Yadav died on Thursday at a private hospital in Gurugram, daughter Subhashini Yadav confirmed.
The 75-year-old politician, one of the country’s veteran socialist politicians, was ailing for a long time and had collapsed at his home in Delhi on Thursday.
“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,” read statement from Gurugram’s Fortis Memorial Research Institute – where he was taken immediately.
Yadav 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) since its formation in 2003 till year 2016.
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 JP Movement was at its peak and he was the first candidate chosen by Shri Jai Prakash Narayan for political arena on election symbol of Haldar Kisan. 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, Sharad Yadav was the losing candidate on Lok Dal ticket. He lost from Badaun in UP 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.
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 has won the Madhepura seat four times in 1991, 1996, 1999 and 2009. He has been defeated four times from 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.
The Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) was 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).