Former Union minister Sharad Yadav passes away

PM Narendra Modi led tributes as the nation mourns the loss of the former JD(U) president. He was 75

NEW DELHI | Updated: 13 January, 2023 12:07 am IST
Former Union minister Sharad Yadav breathed his last on January 12

Former Union minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav breathed his last on January 12. He was 75.

The former Union minister’s health was deteriorating and he was admitted to Gurugram’s Fortis hospital, where he passed away.

According to reports, Sharad Yadav was brought to the emergency ward in an “unconscious and unresponsive state”. “He did not have any pulse or recordable blood pressure,” reports said.

Despite the best efforts, Yadav could not be revived. He was declared dead at 10.19 pm on Thursday.

Confirming the news, Yadav’s daughter Subhashini Sharad Yadav tweeted, “Papa nahi rahe (Papa is no more).”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was one of the first to express condolences on the demise of the veteran leader.

“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,” PM Modi tweeted.

“I will always cherish our interactions. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti,” he added.

 

During his long political career, Yadav held important positions. Between 1999 and 2004, Yadav held portfolios as Union minister of civil aviation and as Union minister of consumer affairs, food and public distribution in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.

 

In 2003, Yadav became the president of Janata Dal-United (JDU). He and Bihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar shared a warm relationship. Kumar also helped Yadav get a Rajya Sabha seat following his defeat in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections.

 

However, their relations soured following JD(U)’s poor showing in the 2014 general elections. However, the death knell to their relationship came in 2017, when Kumar decided to align with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

 

Sharad Yadav refused to follow his former follower and JD (U) sought Yadav’s expulsion from Rajya Sabha. Yadav parted ways with the JD (U) and went on to form the Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) in 2018.

 

Four years later, Yadav merged his party with Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal in an effort to unite various offshoots of the erstwhile Janata Dal.

 

 

 

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