|Member of the India Parliament
16 May 2014
|Preceded by||Sharad Yadav|
|Born||24 December 1967|
|Political party||Jan Adhikar Party(Expelled from RJD)|
|Children||1 Son & 1 Daughter|
Rajesh Ranjan (24 December 1967), better known as Pappu Yadav (popular name "Netajee"), is an Indian politician. 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. Pappu Yadav became one of the 'best performing' MPs in 2015
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 is believed to be affiliated to the INC. Pappu Yadav defeated Sharad Yadav in the 2014 general elections. His wife Ranjeet Ranjan, an MP from Supaul, is a Congress leader.
Pappu Yadav was born on 24 December 1967 in a Landlord family in Khurda Karveli village, Purniea district, Bihar. His starting school education in Anand Marg School, Anand Palli, Supoul. He completed graduation in Poltical Science from B N Mandal University, Madhepura. He did Diploma in Diaster Management and Human Rights from IGNOU. Ranjesh Ranjan is official name but Pappu nickname name given by his Grand Father in childhood. He is married to Ranjeet Ranjan. He is 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.
On 7 May 2015, the RJD expelled Rajesh Ranjan for years due to anti-RJD activities after speculation rose that he may join the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) for the 2015 Bihar Legislative Assembly election.
Purulia Arms Drop case
Ajit Sarkar murder case
Ajit Sarkar was a CPI-M member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly from Purnia and Katihar who was active in farmer politics. He had a long history of animosity with Yadav. On 14 June 1998, he was gunned down at Subhash Nagar in Purnia, along with his driver and a party worker. In 1999, Yadav was arrested for the murder. The investigation was transferred from the Bihar police to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who charged him and four others with conspiracy to murder.
Yadav was jailed in Sikkim, but he used his political connections to turn Beur jail into his "fiefdom". There was considerable media attention on Yadav's conduct in Tihar jail, with the Indian Supreme Court investigating the alleged violation of prison rules. Yadav was accused by the CBI of making about 640 calls from his mobile phone, many of them to prominent people. In January 2005, the Supreme Court of India ordered that phone jammers be installed in the jails to prevent inmates from using mobile phones.
Yadav was also accused of re-entering Beur Jail after he was released on official bail, and holding a party for the inmates of the jail. The main warden was suspended when the news of the event came to light. Eventually, in 2004, Yadav was transferred to Tihar Jail in Delhi.
In February 2008, a special CBI court convicted Yadav in the Sarkar murder case, along with former legislator Rajan Tiwari and criminal Anil Yadav. The court sentenced the three convicts to life imprisonment.
On 17 May 2013. Pappu Yadav was acquitted by the Patna high court in CPM leader Ajit Sarkar murder case for want of evidence.The court also directed the authorities to release Yadav from jail forthwith if he was not wanted in any other case.
2009 Lok Sabha elections
On 2 April 2009, the Patna High Court rejected Yadav's plea to be allowed to contest the 2009 Indian parliamentary elections because he had been convicted for murder. On 11 April, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav expelled Pappu Yadav from the party. His mother Shanti Priya, who was a candidate from Purnia, also lost to Uday Singh of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
2010 Bihar elections
During 2010 Bihar Vidhan Sabha elections Pappu Yadav along with Anil Yadav and Rampravesh Rai were expelled from the RJD for alleged anti-party activity. They were charged with working against the party's official nominee for Fatua assembly constituency, Ramanand Yadav.
Autobiography and cash for votes scandal
In his autobiography Drohkaal ka Pathik, released in November 2013, Pappu Yadav has alleged that three MPs of his Indian Federal Democratic Party got money from the then finance minister Yashwant Sinha, to join the NDA in 2001. He has also claimed that during the July 2008 trust vote, both the Congress and BJP had offered "Rs 400 million each" to MPs for their support.
- 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.
- "Expelled RJD MP Pappu Yadav floats new party".
- "Pappu Yadav could win over disgruntled Lalu supporters in Bihar".
- "Bihar@2025 campaign stunt: Pappu Yadav".
- "Yadavs join hands to fight in unison".
- "Purulia arms drop: Pappu Yadav ducks questions".
- "Pappu Yadav acquitted in Ajit Sarkar murder case". The Times Of India. Retrieved 17 May 2013.