Author, Rishika Jain
On Thursday, the former president of JDU and cabinet minister Sharad Yadav took his last breath at the age of 75. He was admitted in Fortis Hospital in Gurugram, Haryana for a long time. The message of his death was given by his daughter Subhashini Yadav on her twitter handle by writing, “Papa nahi rahe”.
After his death, PM Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Bihar’s deputy CM Tejaswi Yadav, former Biahr’s CM Lalu Yadav, Rabdi Devi & many other prominent people paid their condolences to Sharad Yadav and his family.
PM Narendra Modi also showed his grievances by posting a tweet where he wrote that he is very regretful of Sharad Yadav’s demise. He further said that he had a long political career where he made his name as both MP and minister. Sharad Yadav was very much inspired by the ideas of Dr. Lohiya. PM said that he will keep their moments together safely & showed his condolences to Shard Yadav’s family & followers.
On 14th January, the corpse of Sharad Yadav was brought to Bhopal from Delhi via a plane and from there the corpse was brought into his father’s village Ankhmau via road. In the afternoon, at 1:30 pm, his son Shantanu Bundela completed all the rituals of his father’s funeral.
Sharad Yadav was born on 1st July, 1947 in Babai village of Hoshangabad district of MP. His father name was Nand Kishore Yadav & mother name was Sumitra Yadav. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science from Robertson College situated in Jabalpur. He was also a gold medalist in Jabalpur Engineering College from where he did his Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering.
After the formation of JDU in 2003, Sharad Yadav handled the party affairs for a long time by remaining on the post of party’s president. He was elected for Lok Sabha seat seven times. Among these, 4 times are from Madhepur, Bihar, 2 times from Jabalpur, MP and 1 time from Badaun, UP. He was maybe the only Indian politician who has such a network in three major states in India. Sharad Yadav was considered as the Scholar of Indian politics. Even during the emergency, he was among the politicians who went to jail. Sharad Yadav was also considered as the politics teacher of Nitish Kumar, Bihar’s CM.
In 2018, Sharad Yadav laid the foundation of Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD). He took this step after getting disappointed by the Nitish Kumar decision of collaboration of JDU with BJP. This shows his faith towards his ideology.
Shard Yadav’s demise was an unrecoverable loss to the Samajwadi Politics. History will always remember him as a prominent Indian politician. May his soul Rest in Peace.
Rishika Jain is a student of Delhi School of Journalism, University of Delhi. Views are personal.