Sharad Yadav

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Sharad Yadav
Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) for Bihar
In office
8 July 2016 – 4 December 2017
Personal details
Born (1947-07-01) 1 July 1947 (age 72)
Hoshangabad, Central Provinces and Berar, British India Now in Madhya Pradesh
Political partyRastriya Janta Dal Loktantrik Janata Dal
Spouse(s)Dr. Rekha Yadav
ResidenceNew Delhi
Alma materJabalpur Engineering College

Sharad Yadav (born 1 July 1947) is a politician from the Loktantrik Janata Dal party. He has been elected to Lok Sabha seven times and to Rajya Sabha thrice from JD(U). He was the national president of Janata Dal (United) since its formation till year 2016.[1] He was disqualified from Rajya Sabha and removed from party leadership positions for engaging in anti-party activities.[2] He also has been removed from the post of president of JD(U).[3]

Early life[edit]

He was born on 1 July 1947 in a farmers' family of modest means at Akhmau village in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh. Educated at Robertson College and Jabalpur Engineering College, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh in B.E. (Civil). President, Students Union, Jabalpur, Engineering College, 1971; influenced by the teachings of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia; active youth leader and participated in a number of mass movements; Detained under MISA during 1969-70, 1972 and 1975; played a significant role in the implementation of Mandal Commission recommendations.


Sharad Yadav has been in the news for making controversial statements. In 2017, he gave a speech comparing votes to daughter's honor and suggesting to prefer the former. [4] In 2015, during his Rajya Sabha speech, Yadav made sexist comments against south Indian women.[5] He was one of the accused in the infamous hawala scandal; however, the charges were dismissed by the Supreme Court of India.[6].

Parliamentary Constituency[edit]

Sharad Yadav has won four times in 1991, 1996, 1999 and 2009 from Bihar's Madhepura Lok Sabha constituency from where Acharya Kriplani was elected in 1957. He also won thrice from other Lok Sabha constituencies. He has been defeated thrice from Madhepura constituency - twice by Lalu Prasad Yadav in 1998 and 2004 and by Pappu Yadav[7] of RJD in 2014.

He was elected first time from Jabalpur (MP) constituency of Lok Sabha in 1974. It was the time when JP Movement was at peak and he was the first candidate chosen by Shri Jai Prakash Narayan for political arena on election symbol of Haldar Kisan. Again, he was elected from the same constituency in 1977. He was elected from Badaun (UP) Lok Sabha constituency in the year 1989. Thereafter, he has been contesting from Madhepura Lok Sabha constituency except in the byelection caused by Lalu Yadav resigning his seat in 2004.[8]

Position Held[edit]

Year Position held
1974 Elected to 5th Lok Sabha in bye-election
1977 Re-elected to 6th Lok Sabha (2nd term); President, Yuva Janata Dal
1978 General-Secretary, Lok DalPresident, Yuva Lok Dal
1986 Elected to Rajya Sabha
1989 Elected to 9th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
1989-97 General-Secretary, Janata Dal; Chairman, Janata Dal Parliamentary Board
1989-90 Union Cabinet Minister, Textiles and Food Processing Industries
1991 Re-elected to 10th Lok Sabha (4th term); Member, Public Accounts Committee
1993 Leader, Janata Dal Parliamentary Party
1995 Working President, Janata Dal
1996 Re-elected to 11th Lok Sabha (5th term); Chairman, Finance Committee
1997 President, Janata Dal
1999 Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (6th term); defeated Lalu Prasad Yadav
13 Oct.1999 - 31 Aug 2001 Union Cabinet Minister, Civil Aviation
1 Sep. 2001 – 30 Jun 2002 Union Cabinet Minister, Labour
1 Jul. 2002 – 15 May 2004 Union Cabinet Minister, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
2004 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha (2nd term); Member, Business Advisory Committee, Member, Committee on Water Resources, Member, General Purposes Committee, Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs
2009 Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (7th term)
31 Aug. 2009 Chairman, Committee on Urban Development
2014 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha (3rd term)


  1. ^ Sanskarshan Thakur (2014). Single Man. HarperCollins Publishers India. pp. Epilogue. ISBN 9789350297780.
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  4. ^ "NCW issues notice to Sharad Yadav over remark comparing daughters' honour to votes". The Indian Express. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  5. ^ "The awesome sexism of Sharad Yadav: JD(U) boss uses debate on insurance to 'appreciate' South Indian women". Firstpost. 13 March 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  6. ^ Sudha Mahalingam (21 March – 3 April 1998). "Jain Hawala Case: Diaries as evidence". Frontline Magazine. 15 (6). Archived from the original on 10 March 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2006.
  7. ^ "Pappu Yadav", Wikipedia, 21 March 2019, retrieved 22 April 2019
  8. ^ "Madhepura Parliamentary Constituency".

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