Bihar Guv, politicos condole Sharad Yadav's death

The former Union minister died at a private hospital in Gurugram on Thursday night after he was brought to the medical establishment in an unconscious and unresponsive state. He had collapsed at his Chhatarpur residence.
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PATNA: In the assembly poll a year later, his daughter Subhashini Yadav was the RJD candidate from Bihariganj.

A condolence message was also issued by senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi and former deputy CM who recalled the key role played by Yadav, then the NDA convenor, in his appointment to the post when the JDU-BJP combine came to power in Bihar in 2005.Sharad Yadav was my political guardian.

Politicians of Bihar, cutting across political lines, and Governor Phagu Chauhan expressed condolences over the death of veteran socialist leader Sharad Yadav.

The former Union minister died at a private hospital in Gurugram on Thursday night after he was brought to the medical establishment in an unconscious and unresponsive state. He had collapsed at his Chhatarpur residence.

He was 75, and is survived by his wife, son and daughter.

Condoling Yadav's death, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar tweeted, ''I had a very deep relationship with Sharad Yadav Ji. I am shocked and saddened by the news of his demise. He was a strong socialist leader. His demise has caused an irreparable loss in the social and political field. May his soul rest in peace.'' Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad asserted that mutual differences with Sharad Yadav ''never resulted in any type of bitterness''.

Prasad, who has engaged in electoral battles with Yadav in Madhepura Lok Sabha seat, issued a video statement from his hospital bed in Singapore where he is recuperating from a kidney transplant surgery.

Referring to Sharad Yadav as 'bade bhai' (big brother), Prasad recalled his old association with the deceased leader.

''He, besides late Mulayam Singh Yadav, Nitish Kumar and I learnt politics of socialism from Ram Manohar Lohia and Karpoori Thakur,'' said the septuagenarian.

''On many an occasion, Sharad Yadav and I fought with each other. But our disagreements never led to any bitterness,'' said the RJD supremo who had held out a helping hand to Yadav when the latter was struggling to come out of political wilderness.

Forced out of the JD(U), which he once headed, following a tiff with the party's de facto leader, Nitish Kumar, vhad floated Loktantrik Janata Dal.

At Prasad's instance, he was given an RJD ticket in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and his daughter Subhashini Yadav was fielded by the party in the assembly polls a year later.

In 2022, Yadav merged his party with the RJD.

The governor, in a statement issued by the Raj Bhavan, said, ''Saddened to know about the passing away of former Union minister Sharad Yadav. He was a great socialist leader and inspired by Ram Manohar Lohia's ideals. He was the voice of the poor and downtrodden. He was deeply connected to Bihar. My deepest condolences to his family and admirers.'' Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, in a video message on Twitter, said it was a great loss for the socialist fraternity.

''It is a great loss for the socialist fraternity, coming close on the heels of the demise of Netaji (Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav),'' he said.

Notably, Sharad Yadav had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha polls on an RJD ticket from Madhepura, a seat won by him four times. In the assembly poll a year later, his daughter Subhashini Yadav was the RJD candidate from Bihariganj.

A condolence message was also issued by senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi and former deputy CM who recalled the key role played by Yadav, then the NDA convenor, in his appointment to the post when the JD(U)-BJP combine came to power in Bihar in 2005.

''Sharad Yadav was my political guardian. He played an important role in my appointment as deputy CM. Bihar will never forget his contributions,'' tweeted Modi.

Notably, Yadav was said to have been ambivalent about the decision to snap ties with BJP in 2013, which he had to accede to as the then JD(U) national president upon the insistence of Nitish Kumar.

Kumar's decision to realign with the BJP four years later caused Yadav to revolt, resulting in the latter's disqualification from the Rajya Sabha.

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