Sharad Yadav, a former federal minister and one of the country’s top socialist leaders, died tonight. The 75-year-old was chronically unwell.
A statement from the Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurugram said Mr Yadav was taken to the emergency room unconscious and unresponsive.
“On examination, he did not have any pulse or recordable blood pressure. He underwent CPR in accordance with ACLS protocols. Despite best efforts, he was unable to revive and was pronounced dead at 10:19 p.m.,” the statement said.
A three-time member of Rajya Sabha, he was elected to the Lok Sabha seven times. A founding member of Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal United, he quit and joined hands with the BJP after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ended the grand alliance.
In 2018, he formed his own party, Loktantrik Janata Dal, but merged with Lalu Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal two years later, calling it “the first step towards a united opposition”.
“pained by the loss Shri Sharad Yadav Ji. During his long public life, he was known both as an MP and as a minister. Dr. Lohia’s ideal inspired him a lot. I will forever cherish our interactions. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
Distressed over the passing of Shri Sharad Yadav Ji. During his long public life, he was known both as an MP and as a minister. Dr. Lohia’s ideal inspired him a lot. I will forever cherish our interactions. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 12, 2023
“I am saddened by the news of the untimely death of the RJD’s senior leader, great socialist leader and my guardian Sharad Yadav ji venerable Mandal Messiah. I cannot say anything. Talked to mother and brother Shantanu. In this Sad hour, the thoughts of the entire Samajwadi family are with the family,” Tejashwi Yadav tweeted.
“Sharad Yadav was my political guardian. He was instrumental in making me deputy chief minister. Bihar will never forget his contribution,” said Sushir, former deputy chief minister of Bihar Modi tweeted.