Brief Information

Name

Sharad Yadav

Born

1 July 1947 (age 66) Akhmau , Hoshangabad (Madhya Pradesh)

Political Party

Janata Dal (United)

Residence

New Delhi

Spouse

Dr. Rekha Yadav

Qualification

B.Tech from Jabalpur Engineering College

Nationality

Indian

Responsibility

Chairperson of the JDU , Member Of Parliament Madhepura , Bihar

Shri Sharad Yadav has had a distinguished public career spanning more than four decades. A multi-faceted personality, he is an outstanding parliamentarian, a successful administrator and statesman, powerful orator, an effective student leader, technocrat, original thinker and writer, and till recently, he was the convenor of National Democratic Alliance.

Sixty six years old, Shri Yadav born in 1947 in small town called Babai District Hoshangabad in Madhya Pradesh has made substantial contributions towards strengthening parliamentary institutions and the democratic tradition. As a brilliant student, Shri Sharad Yadav attained Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Jabalpur Engineering College and stood first and was awarded Gold Medal. However, as a student,his interests were not restricted to academics. He organized and led three major agitations of Madhyamik Shikshak Sangh Andolan and PAC Andolan. This shows his deep concern for grant of social justice and equality particularly for under-privileged and downtrodden right from early age.

Politics at a glance

Shri Sharad Yadav is a man of unparalleled experience in governance. He has performed his role as a Member of Parliament alternating between the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and also between the Treasury and the opposition benches with great skill and ability. Presently, he represents Madhepura Constituency from Bihar in Lok Sabha. After being successful as a student leader and President of Students Union of Jabalpur University in 1969-70, he was elected as the President, Samajwadi Yujan Sabha in 1971-72. Almost after two years, his parliamentary career began when he was elected to 5th Lok Sabha in bye-election in 1974 from Jabalpur constituency. It was the time when J.P. Movement was on peak and he was People's candidate and was the first candidate chosen by Shri Jai Prakash Narayan for political arena on election symbol of "Haldar Kisan". It was the same election symbol "Haldar Kisan" which was inherited by Janata Party.

Since then, he has been elected to Lok Sabha seven times and to Rajya Sabha twice. He has utilized the platforms of the Lower House and the Upper House of the Parliament by strongly and honestly speaking out his mind on national and international issues. However, he has never surpassed the dignity and decorum of the House. He is one of those noteworthy parliamentarians who have upheld the dignity of parliamentary institutions. He has been known for making meaningful contributions on the floor of House by well-researched speeches. His incisive mind, honest opinions, genuine concern for the issues and his powerful articulation of view provided vibrancy to the debates in the Houses. A great champion of poor and common man, he raised consistently their problems in both the Houses and fought for prompt solutions to these problems from Government.

Leadership at a glance

Shri Yadav has rare distinction of having served at different times as the Minister for Textile and Food Processing Industries, Civil Aviation, Labour, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. His extensive experience as student leader and political worker has helped him to make valuable contributions as Minister. His deep insight into the state of the economy and his commitment enriched the working of several government departments.

With the originality of thoughts, Shri Sharad Yadav has established himself as distinguished politician at a very young age. He enthusiastically served political parties in various capacities as the President of National Yuva Janata (Janata Party) (1978) President, National Yuva Lok Dal(1980); General Secretary, Lok Dal (1981); General Secretary, Janata Dal (1989); Chairman, Janata Dal Parliamentary Board(1989); Leader, Janata Dal Parliamentary Party(1993); Working President, Janata Dal(1995).

In 1997, Shri Yadav was elected as the President of Janata Dal. He has shown great devotion to democracy and its institutions. He was also elected as the President, Janata Dal(United) in 1999 and again in 2006, 2009 and 2013. He was also working as the acting Convenor of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in 2009 but in 2010 he was elected as the full-fledged Convenor of NDA.

Deeply wedded to parliamentary norms and ethos, Shri Yadav had proved his mettle as an articulate and enlightened parliamentarian. Uncompromising on his principles, he was the first member of Parliament to resign in protest against the extension of the term of Lok Sabha during the Emergency in 1975. Later in 1989, he resigned from the Rajya Sabha on Bofors issue. Further in 1995, he resigned from the Lok Sabha on moral ground when his name figured in the Jain Hawala Case. He was also imprisoned many times on account of participating in Students Movements, formal agitations and Mazdoor Andolans under MISA (18 months) and during Emergency (19 months). During his political and parliamentary career, Shri Yadav has been instrumental in raising critical issues like corruption, SEZ, FDI, Black money, agricultural crises, dwindling economy etc.

A seasoned parliamentarian blessed with extraordinary understanding of economic and social issues, Shri Yadav has enriched proceedings of Public Accounts Committee, Finance Committee, Business Advisory Committee, Committee on Water Resource, General Purposes Committee and Committee on Urban Development and Rural Development.

Education at a glance

Yadav is a gold medalist in electrical engineering from Jabalpur Engineering College and also has a Bachelor of Science degree from Robertson Model Science College, Jabalpur. He was also a member of the Indian Parliament from the Jabalpur constituency in Madhya Pradesh in 1977.Sharad Yadav, NDA Convenor rejecting L.K.Advani's assertion that after the next elections there may be a non-BJP, non-Congress Prime Minister stated on 6 August 2012, that NDA will put up a fight.

Personal Life at a glance

As Shri Sharad Yadav belonged to agriculturist family, he worked passionately for the upliftment of the poorest of the poor. Under the careful mentoring of Late Shri Jai Prakash Narayan, he led the movement. Shri Yadav also worked closely with Late Shri Morarji Bhai Desai, Late Ch. Charan Singh, Late Shri Babu Jagjivan Ram, Late Smt. Indira Gandhi, Late Shri Chandrashekhar, Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi and several other eminent political leaders. His understanding across political parties is deeply appreciated. He has always been addressing the problems of neglected classes who are close to his heart.

Shri Sharad Yadav enjoys reading. As a writer, he has written about 150 articles on various issues which have been published in National and International Newspapers. Simple in his lifestyle, he loves listening to music and has special interest in Hockey, Kabbadi and Wrestling.

To sum up, a brave Son of Mother India who got Bravery Award from the Government of Madhya Pradesh at the age of 8, an active student leader who participated in a number of mass movements, a fearless politician who followed teachings of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia and participated in Jai Prakash Andolan and later played a significant role in the implementation of Mandal Commission's Recommendation has been fighting ceaselessly to bring social and economic change for the betterment of our nation. Having a quest for change, he played key role in the formation of Janata Dal, National Front Government at Centre and also in the formation of United Front Government at Centre.

Undoubtedly, Shri Yadav's extensive parliamentary and political experience and magnificent contribution in public life and his indomitable fighting spirit have made him a notable leader in India's public life.