Former union minister Sharad Yadav dies; tributes pour in from across political divide

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In a shocking development from the political sphere, former union minister Sharad Yadav died at the age of 75 on Thursday, 12 January 2023 in Delhi. The veteran socialist leader from Bihar was keeping unwell for quite some time and collapsed in his residence on Thursday night. He was rushed to the Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurugram. However, the doctors couldn’t revive him and finally declared him dead at 10:19 pm. Besides a statement issued by the hospital, Yadav’s daughter also shared a Facebook post and confirmed the news.

As soon as the news came out, condolences started pouring in from political leaders across various party lines.

Political leaders pay tribute to Sharad Yadav on his demise

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first ones to share his condolences and pay tribute. He took to Twitter and wrote, “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.”

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav also shared a video from his hospital bed in Singapore and shared condolences. While recalling his old association with the late leader, Lalu Prasad Yadav wrote in Hindi, “Just got the sad news of Sharadbhai’s passing away in the night in Singapore. I feel very helpless. There was a meeting before coming and we had thought a lot in the context of socialist and social justice stream. Brother Sharad… I didn’t want to say goodbye like this. Soulful Tribute!”

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav also paid tributes through Twitter. “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”, he wrote in Hindi.

Among others including former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi, Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul Gandhi, Union Ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, and Nitin Gadkari, N Chandrababu Naidu, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, among others also paid their condolences to the late leader.

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About Sharad Yadav

A founding member of Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal United JD(U), Sharad Yadav held some major portfolios in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government between 1999 and 2004. It was in 2003 when Yadav was elected as the president of the JD(U) and became the first national president of his party. While he was elected to Lok Sabha seven times, he was also elected to Rajya Sabha thrice from JD(U).

He parted ways with the party after Bihar CM Nitish Kumar joined hands with BJP, ending the Grand Alliance. In 2018, Sharad Yadav launched his own political party, the Loktantrik Janata Dal. He, however, merged it with Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) two years later and called it the ‘first step of a united opposition’.

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