Voice of the underprivileged silenced
Sharad Yadav may have been born in Madhya Pradesh but Bihar became his workplace throughout his life. The political journey of Sharad Yadav, who was always considered ready for election, started under the guidance of Jai Prakash Narayan. Sharad Yadav, who became a four-time MP from Bihar’s Madhepura seat, was an advocate of raising the voice of the exploited and deprived sections. Sharad Yadav, who accompanied Lalu in the last days of his life, once gave him a political thrashing from Madhepura seat.
Sharad Yadav joined RJD
Sharad Yadav, who belongs to socialist ideology, started his political journey in 1974. Sharad Yadav, who gave a big challenge to the bullying politics of Brahmin and upper class, was also a cabinet minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government. He formed a separate party in 2018 after breaking away from Janata Dal United. Sharad Yadav later joined Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the party of former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav.
CM Nitish’s political mentor Sharad Yadav
- Born on 1st July, 1947 in Hoshangabad.
- Became Lok Sabha MP 4 times from Madhepura, Bihar.
- Became the President of Janata Dal in 1997.
- Was the student union president of Jabalpur Engineering College.
- Became MP for the first time in 1974.
- Considered the political guru of CM Nitish Kumar.
- Later differences with Nitish, separated from JDU.
- Elected to Rajya Sabha in 2014.
- Was elected MP seven times in his entire career.
- Sharad Yadav reached the Parliament after being elected from Bihar, MP and Uttar Pradesh.
- Had to resign when his name cropped up in the hawala scandal.
Sharad’s stand on the issues of Northeast India
Sharad Yadav, who raised his voice on the issues of tribal people in Northeast India, had objected to the control of the central government and the governor. During an address in the Rajya Sabha, Sharad had sharply criticized the government for keeping the proposals in cold storage for a long time on the subjects related to the Sixth and Seventh Schedule of the Constitution, hill areas. After becoming a Member of Parliament, Sharad Yadav always maintained dialogue with the Left parties. Sharad Yadav, who was associated with leaders like George Fernandes, reflected the concerns related to rural India, farming and laborers.
Sharad Yadav also joined Congress
Sharing memories related to Sharad Yadav, former President of Janata Dal United (JDU), after his death at the age of 75, Congress leader Anand Sharma said that Sharad Yadav, who did principled politics, did not take any time to lose the membership of Parliament. Didn’t He told that Sharad Yadav had more friends. His critics will be few. Anand Sharma also got the guidance of Sharad Yadav in starting the movement of common heritage.
Controversy over ‘Pakti Mahila’ in Parliament
Sharad Yadav, who started his political journey with Jai Prakash Narayan, was also seen standing with many political parties including former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mulayam Singh Yadav, Ram Manohar Lohia, Madhu Limaye. Sharad Yadav’s parliamentary record is also considered very inspiring for the youth. There was a lot of controversy when Sharad Yadav used the term ‘Parakati Mahila’ in 2008-09 during a debate in Parliament on the issue of women’s reservation. However, Sharad Yadav stood by his statement.
Sharad Yadav and Mandal Commission round
Former Bihar MP Pappu Yadav termed Sharad Yadav as the character who kept patriotism above all. He said that Sharad Yadav always supported the leaders fighting for social justice. Pappu Yadav told the important role of Sharad Yadav even during the decisions of the Mandal Commission. He said that the moral force was always with Sharad Yadav. That’s why he never compromised. With his demise, the campaign for social justice will take a hit.