Rajesh Ranjan (1961/1962), better known as Pappu Yadav Popular name "Netajee", is an Indian politician from Rashtriya Janata Dal. He won elections to the Lok Sabha (the lower house of the Parliament of India) in 1991, 1996, 1999, and in 2004 from several constituencies in Bihar as an Independent / SP / LJP / RJD candidate. In February 2008, he was convicted in the murder of Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) legislator Ajit Sarkar and sentenced to life imprisonment. Subsequently he was debarred from the 2009 general election.Mr. Yadav’s is believed to be affiliated to the Congress. Pappu Yadav defeated Sharad Yadav in 2014 general elections. His wife Ranjeet Ranjan, a former MP, is a Congress leader.
Pappu Yadav was born some time in 1961 or 1962 to a farming family in Khurda Karveli, Madhepura district. He is a known as Netajee in Koshi Area, Bihar. He is voice of poor people in Koshi area. He is the charismatic personality of politics in Bihar after Lalu prasad yadav. He is Member of Parliament from Madhepura, which is the popular place of Gope (yadav). One phrase is popular for Madhepura - "Rome Pop ka Madhepura Gope (Yadav) Ka".
He was elected to the Bihar Legislative Assembly from Singheshwarsthan, Madhepura in 1990 as an independent candidate, and in 1991 he contested and won through to the 10th Lok Sabha from Purnia. He was at various times a member of RJD, the Samajwadi Party and the Lok Janshakti Party.
- Pappu Yadav returns to RJD, gets ticket from Bihar's Madhepura
- BJP wipes out Nitish’s JDU in Bihar, Sharad Yadav humbled
- "‘Supreme Court will be moved against Pappu Yadav's acquittal'". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 18 May 2013.