Pappu Yadav

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Pappu Yadav
Member of the India Parliament
for Madhepura
Assumed office
16 May 2014
Preceded by Sharad Yadav
Personal details
Born (1967-12-24) 24 December 1967 (age 48)
Political party Jan Adhikar Party
Spouse(s) Ranjeet Ranjan
Children 1 Son & 1 Daughter
Residence Purnea (Bihar)

Rajesh Ranjan (born 24 December 1967), better known as Pappu Yadav (popular name "Netajee"), is an Indian politician.[1][2][3] 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[4] Pappu Yadav is currently the leader of Jan Adhikar Party.[5]

Pappu Yadav defeated Sharad Yadav in the 2014 general elections.[6] His wife Ranjeet Ranjan, an MP from Supaul, is a Congress leader.[7] In July 2015, Pappu Yadav was given 'Y' category security by the Union Home Ministry.[8][9]


Pappu Yadav was born on 24 December 1967 in a Landlord family in Khurda Karveli village, Purnia district, Bihar. His starting school education in Anand Marg School, Anand Palli, Supoul. He completed graduation in Political Science from B N Mandal University, Madhepura. He did Diploma in Disaster 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 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 that he founded new party Jan Adhikar Party.[10]

On 9 May 2015, Pappu Yadav floated a new party Jan Adhikar Party Loktantrik before the elections.[11][12][13][14][15] Pappu Yadav campaigned against Nitish-Lalu alliance.[16] Jan Adhikar Party is fighting on 64 seats as part of Socialist Secular Morcha in Bihar Legislative Assembly election, 2015.[17]

Purulia Arms Drop case[edit]

Pappu Yadav was accused for facilitating Kim Davy's(prime accuse in Purulia Arms Drop case) safe exit from India.[18][19]

Ajit Sarkar murder case[edit]

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.[20]

2009 Lok Sabha elections[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.[21]


  1. ^ Srivastava, Amitabh. (12 October 2013) Yadav and Lalu put the past behind them ahead of the Lok Sabha poll | Daily Mail Online. Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  2. ^ Pappu Yadav returns to RJD, gets ticket from Bihar's Madhepura. (11 March 2014). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
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  4. ^ Pappu Yadav, once accused of murder, now among 'best performing' MPs. (22 March 2015). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  5. ^ "Purnea MP Pappu Yadav forms new Jan Adhikar Party". 
  6. ^ BJP wipes out Nitish’s JDU in Bihar, Sharad Yadav humbled. Retrieved on 28 July 2015.
  7. ^ "‘Supreme Court will be moved against Pappu Yadav's acquittal'". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 18 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Now, Pappu Yadav gets 'Y' category security". 
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  10. ^ Madhepura MP Pappu Yadav expelled from RJD, may join hands with BJP | Zee News. (7 May 2015). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  11. ^ Expelled RJD MP Pappu Yadav floats new party – The Times of India. (17 May 2015). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  12. ^ Pappu Yadav could win over disgruntled Lalu supporters in Bihar. (11 June 2015). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  13. ^ Bihar@2025 campaign stunt: Pappu Yadav. The Hindu (11 June 2015). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  14. ^ Bihar@2025 campaign political stunt, EC should stop it: Pappu Yadav – The Economic Times. (10 June 2015). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  15. ^ Pappu Yadav launches new party | Business Line. (9 June 2015). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  16. ^ Yadavs join hands to fight in unison. (29 June 2015). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  17. ^ "Samajwadi Party teams up with Pappu Yadav, NCP, 3 others to form third front". 
  18. ^ "Purulia arms drop: Pappu Yadav ducks questions". 
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  20. ^ "Pappu Yadav acquitted in Ajit Sarkar murder case". The Times Of India. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  21. ^ Pappu Yadav in memoir: Both Cong, BJP offered MPs Rs 40 crore each. Indian Express (27 November 2013). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.

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