Om Prakash Yadav

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For the Nepali politician, see Om Prakash Yadav Gulzari.

Om Prakash Yadav (born 1965) is an Indian politician from Bihar. In the Indian General Election, 2009, he was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha from Siwan (Lok Sabha Constituency), by defeating Hena Shahab by a margin over 63,000 votes.[1] Mrs. Shahab, the wife of India's most infamous criminal politician Mohammad Shahabuddin, was widely viewed as a proxy for him.[2] Shahabuddin himself is serving life-imprisonment in jail, having been convicted for murder.

Yadav was a member and contested elections for Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United) party. However, in 2009, he was not selected to as the party candidate from Siwan and was replaced by Brishin Patel, who was perceived to be close to Nitish Kumar as he belonged to the same Kurmi caste, and had also won the seat in 1991. However, Brishin had lost touch - he polled 7% of the votes;[3] this may count among Nitish's major errors in the elections. Om Prakash decided to fight the elections as an Independent, and Siwan became one of the few seats in Bihar that did not go to the former JD(U)-BJP alliance.

As an independent candidate, Om Prakash Yadav was suspected to support the Indian National Congress led coalition[4]

He however joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on 27 Jan 2014.[5]

2004 elections[edit]

In 2004, Om Prakash Yadav contested the general elections as a JD-U party candidate and lost to Shahabuddin, who was also in jail then, but could fight elections since he was yet to be convicted. There was widespread intimidation, and opponents were not able to campaign effectively because of an aura of fear.[6] Despite this, Om Prakash managed to get more than 2 lakh votes against Shahabuddin. Subsequently there was widespread violence against his the-then JD-U party

For the crime of having dared put up a credible fight, nine JD workers were killed in the days following the election. Yadav was assigned a team of eight bodyguards.[7]

Om Prakash Yadav himself had to flee his hometown of Lalji near Siwan, and wait out the ganglord's anger while the newly elected state government worked on providing him security. om Prakash yadav fight a lot in that situation when there was not a single person to oppose the Shahabuddin. It was not possible to support any other party rather than RJD due to fear of Shahabuddin. Om Prakash Yadav take the responsibility to make siwan free from crime and terror of RJD led MP & his supporters. Despite of big loss and several threatening from the Shahabuddin and RJD govt he never gave up and he fight for the crime & terror free siwan.

2009 elections[edit]

In the 2009 elections, his main opponent Hena Shahab never campaigned, showing herself in public only at a few meetings with RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav and their star campaigner, movie actor Sanjay Dutt. She never spoke at the huge rallies, but only waved her hand.[8] It was clear that the campaign was being run in Shahabuddin's name, by his well-oiled election machinery, though many of his gang members, such as Rustam Mia, Dhruv Jayaswal, Shubrati Mia, Munsi Mia and others were in Siwan jail. OM Prakash Yadav get a huge support from the commom people of siwan. Despite of fear of Shahabuddin people came out from home and voted for OM Prakash yadav. OM Prakash Yadav proved that a common man do any thing. He fought near about 8 year to make siwan a crime free city.

2014 elections Om Prakash YadavWon 372,670 Votes BJP Gains

Age: 48 YEARS Gender: MALE Category: GEN Education: GRADUATE Movable Assets: ₹613,023 Immovable Assets: ₹1,600,000 Liabilities: ₹1,956,467 Total Assets: ₹2,213,023 Cases Accused: 0 Cases Convicted: 0 Total Cases: 1 Indian general elections, 2014: Siwan[1][2] Party Candidate Votes % ±% BJP Om Prakash Yadav 372,607 42 RJD Hena Shahab 258,823 29 [9]

Also, since Nitish Kumar came to power in Bihar in 2005, he set up fast track courts that have sent 14,000 criminals to jail, and the atmosphere of intimidation appears to have eased up considerably.[10] So much so, that even criminal-politicians put up JD-U - Prabhunath Singh of Maharajganj and Munna Shukla of Vaishali, also lost.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Prominent Winners". The Hindu. May 22, 2009. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Proxy wars in Siwan". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2009-04-15. 
  3. ^ "What is Bihar yearning for? Nitish, Congress - both or none?". Zee News. June 27, 2009. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ "11 other reasons why UPA may not need Mulayam, Lalu". Indian Express. 2009-05-18. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  5. ^ http://www.news18.com/videos/mp-om-prakash-yadav-joins-bjp-receives-a-grand-welcome-in-siwan-342997.html
  6. ^ Jyotsna Singh (2004-04-21). "Jail no bar for Bihar candidates". BBC News. Retrieved 2007-05-08. 
  7. ^ Saba Naqvi Bhoumick (April 2005). "First Proof - The Penguin Book of New Writing from India I". ISBN 0-14-303244-5.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  8. ^ "rediff.com: From behind a veil, a prisoner's wife seeks the vote". Rediff.com. 2009-04-15. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  9. ^ Pranava K Chaudhary & Abhay Mohan Jha (January 2, 2007). "Siwan jail flooded with arms dealers". Times of India. 
  10. ^ "Musclemen bite the dust in Bihar". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2009-05-18.