Former Union Minister Sharad Yadav No More

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Former Union Minister Sharad Yadav No More

| Updated: January 13, 2023 12:11

Sharad Yadav, a former Union Minister and one of the most well-known socialist figures in the nation passed away on Thursday. The 75-year-old had been ill for a while before collapsing on Thursday at his Delhi residence.

Yadav was brought to the emergency ward in an unconscious and unresponsive state, according to a statement from Gurugram’s Fortis Memorial Research Institute, where he was taken right away.  

The statement said, “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.”

Sharad Yadav got his start in politics as a student leader, joining the anti-Congress camp before joining the JP movement. He remained an important figure in the opposition for the majority of his life. However, he made peace with both the Congress and his bitter political foe Lalu Yadav, and he helped forge the Grand Alliance following the Bihar assembly elections in 2015.

In the late 1990s under Atal Bihari Vajpayee and in 1989 under the leadership of VP Singh, Sharad Yadav held the position of minister. He was elected to the Lok Sabha seven times and served three terms in the Rajya Sabha. He left the Janata Dal-United, the party in power in Bihar after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar broke up the Grand Alliance and allied himself with the BJP.

He founded the Loktantrik Janata Dal in 2018, but two years later merged it with Lalu Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal, claiming that this was the “first step towards a united opposition.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences in a tweet, “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.”

RLD leader Tejashwi Yadav tweeted, “I am saddened by the news of the untimely demise of Mandal Messiah, senior leader of RJD, great socialist leader and my guardian respected Sharad Yadav ji. I am unable to say anything. Had a conversation with mother and brother Shantanu. In this hour of grief, the entire Samajwadi family is with the family members.”

Lalu Yadav said in a video message that despite having many disagreements with Sharad Yadav, they “never resulted in any hatred” from his hospital bed in Singapore. “On many an occasion, Sharad Yadav and I fought with each other. But our disagreements never led to any bitterness,” said the RJD chief. 

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