Om Prakash Yadav

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Om Prakash Yadav
Member of the India Parliament
for Siwan
Assumed office
Preceded byMohammad Shahabuddin
Personal details
Born (1962-03-23) 23 March 1962 (age 56)
Laheji, Bihar, India
Political partyBJP
Spouse(s)Radhika Devi
ResidenceMalviya Nagar, Siwan District
Alma materD.A.V. College
As of 12 December, 2016
Source: [1]

Om Prakash Yadav (born 23 March 1963) is an Indian politician from Bihar, National Vice President Bharatiya Janata Party Kisan Morcha. 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 politician Mohammad Shahabuddin, was widely viewed as a proxy for him.[2][3]

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;[4] 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[5]

He however joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on 27 Jan 2014.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

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.

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.[9] 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.

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 [10]

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.[11] So much so, that even criminal-politicians put up JD-U - Prabhunath Singh of Maharajganj and Vijay Kumar Shukla of Vaishali, also lost.


  1. ^ "Prominent Winners" (PDF). The Hindu. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Proxy wars in Siwan". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 2009-04-15.
  3. ^ "Slain Siwan BJP leader's son fears threat to life".
  4. ^ "What is Bihar yearning for? Nitish, Congress - both or none?". Zee News. 27 June 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  5. ^ "11 other reasons why UPA may not need Mulayam, Lalu". Indian Express. 2009-05-18. Retrieved 2012-02-24.
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  7. ^ Jyotsna Singh (2004-04-21). "Jail no bar for Bihar candidates". BBC News. Retrieved 2007-05-08.
  8. ^ Saba Naqvi Bhoumick (April 2005). "The Saheb of Siwan". First Proof - The Penguin Book of New Writing from India I. ISBN 0-14-303244-5.
  9. ^ " From behind a veil, a prisoner's wife seeks the vote". 2009-04-15. Retrieved 2012-02-24.
  10. ^ Pranava K Chaudhary & Abhay Mohan Jha (2 January 2007). "Siwan jail flooded with arms dealers". Times of India.
  11. ^ "Musclemen bite the dust in Bihar". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 2009-05-18.