Sharad Yadav, a veteran Rashtriya Janata Dal leader, died on Thursday, his daughter Subhashini Sharad Yadav announced on social media.
The former minister’s health has deteriorated, and he was admitted to the Fortis hospital in Gurugram. According to the hospital, Sharad Yadav was brought to the emergency room in an “unconscious and unresponsive state” with no pulse or recordable blood pressure.
पापा नहीं रहे 😭
— Subhashini Sharad Yadav (@Subhashini_12b) January 12, 2023
The hospital stated that despite the greatest efforts of health experts, Yadav could not be revived and was declared dead at 10:19 p.m.
Yadav, one of the country’s tallest socialist leaders, stayed at the heart of Janata politics for decades.
Sharad Yadav served three terms in the Rajya Sabha and seven in the Lok Sabha.
Sharad Yadav, who became an MP from three states (Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar), was credited with forcing then-Prime Minister VP Singh’s hand in implementing the Mandal Commission report granting reservation to the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in 1990, which changed the course of Indian politics.
Sharad Yadav’s desire for a caste-based quota in the Women’s Reservation Bill was perceived as causing the UPA II administration to delay enacting the legislation.