Former Union Minister, Socialist Leader Sharad Yadav Passes Away at 75

Former Union Minister, Socialist Leader Sharad Yadav Passes Away at 75

On Thursday, Sharad Yadav, a renowned Indian socialist leader, and former Union Minister passed away. The 75-year-old had been suffering from a long-term illness and had suddenly collapsed at his home in Delhi. He was then rushed to the emergency ward of Gurugram’s Fortis Memorial Research Institute, where he was found unconscious and unresponsive.

Upon examination, it was found that the patient had no pulse or measurable blood pressure. To attempt to revive the patient, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) was administered according to the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) protocols. Unfortunately, all attempts to bring the patient back to life were unsuccessful, and he was declared dead at 10:19 pm.

Sharad Yadav began his political career as a student leader, siding with the anti-Congress camp and being actively involved in the JP movement. Throughout his life, he was a prominent figure in the opposition but eventually reconciled with the Congress and his former political rival, Lalu Yadav. In 2015, he played an integral part in creating the Grand Alliance following the Bihar assembly elections.

Sharad Yadav had a long political career, beginning with his election to the Lok Sabha seven times. He was also a three-time member of the Rajya Sabha.

In the late 1990s, Sharad Yadav served as a minister in the governments of both Atal Bihari Vajpayee and VP Singh. Later, he became a founding member of the Janata Dal United in Bihar but stepped down when Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ended the Grand Alliance and joined the BJP.

In 2018, Sharad Yadav launched his own party, the Loktantrik Janata Dal. However, two years later, he merged it with Lalu Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal, citing it as the beginning of a “united opposition.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tweeted, “Pined 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”.

Tejashwi Yadav tweeted that he is deeply saddened by the passing of Mandal Messiah, a senior leader of RJD, a great socialist leader, and his guardian and respected Sharad Yadav ji. He expressed his inability to find the right words during this difficult time. He also mentioned that the whole Samajwadi family is standing with the bereaved family.

Mallikarjun Kharge, the leader of Congress, expressed his sorrow in a tweet: “I am deeply grieved by the demise of Sharad Yadav, former president of JDU and prominent leader of the socialist movement in India. He had served the nation as a former Union minister and an extraordinary parliamentarian for many years, and he had bolstered the politics of justice.”


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