Ram Naresh Yadav

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Ram Naresh Yadav
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Governor of Madhya Pradesh
Assumed office
26 August 2011
Preceded by Rameshwar Thakur
Governor of Chhattisgarh
In office
19 June 2014 – 14 July 2014
Preceded by Shekhar Dutt
Succeeded by Balram Das Tandon
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
In office
23 June 1977 – 28 February 1979
Preceded by President's Rule
Succeeded by Banarsi Das
Personal details
Born Ram Naresh Yadav
(1928-07-01) 1 July 1928 (age 87)
Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh
Political party Indian National Congress
Other political
Janata Party
Religion Hinduism

Ram Naresh Yadav (born 1 July 1928[1]) is an Indian politician who was Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh from 1977 to 1979. He was from Janata Party; later he joined the Congress. He was appointed Governor of Madhya Pradesh on 26 August 2011 by former Indian President Pratibha Patil and was sworn into office on 8 September 2011.[2][3] On 25th February 2015 he was asked by the home ministry to resign following his name being probed in the Vyapam scam.

Personal life[edit]

He was born on 1 July 1928 at Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh. He belonged to a middle-class family. His father was a teacher. Ram Naresh Yadav was a successful lawyer in Azamgarh court.

Political career[edit]

Ram Naresh Yadav was interested in social work and was close to socialist leader Raj Narain. He entered the Sixth Lok Sabha in 1977 from Azamgarh constituency. He was considered a modest and a low-profile politician.

He became Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on 23 June 1977, and remained on the post till 28 February 1979. On 25 February 1979, he failed to secure a vote of confidence. Banarsi Das was elected in his place and became Chief Minister.[4]

In 2004 general elections, he contested from Azamgarh constituency on Indian National Congress ticket, but lost to Bahujan Samaj Party's Ramakant Yadav. On 26 August 2011, he was appointed as Governor of Madhya Pradesh by then President of India, Pratibha Patil, on the recommendation of the UPA government.

Alleged Involvement in Vyapam Scam[edit]

On February 24, 2015, Madhya Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) filed an FIR against Yadav for his alleged role in the multi-crore Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam (Vyapam scam).[5] He was charged with rigging the forest guard recruitment examination, conducted by Vyapam, and booked under the Information Technology Act and the Prevention of Corruption Act. The FIR was registered after a MP High Court hearing where Chief Justice A M Khanvilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe said STF can freely proceed against any "high dignitary".[6] Yadav moved the high court citing constitutional immunity, which subsequently in April asked STF to "observe complete protocol", the Governor being the Head of the State. The head of the special investigative team (SIT) probing the scam said that action will be taken after his retirement in September, 2015. [7] Meanwhile, a group of lawyers filed a petition in Supreme Court of India, seeking removal of Yadav and recording his statement in the case. A bench comprising Chief Justice of India H. L. Dattu and Justices Arun Kumar Mishra and Amitava Roy has agreed to hear the petition on July 9.[8]

Earlier in 2013, STF arrested his former OSD Dhanraj Yadav in connection with the scam. Also, his son Shailesh was an accused in the MPPEB contractual teachers' recruitment exam, and reportedly died of a brain haemorrhage in March, at Yadav's Lucknow residence.[9]

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Government offices
Preceded by
Rameshwar Thakur
Governor of Madhya Pradesh
26 August 2011
Succeeded by
Current Incumbent
Preceded by
President's Rule
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
23 June 1977 – 28 February 1979
Succeeded by
Banarsi Das