Once the National President of Janata Dal United (JDU) and now Subhashini Raj Rao, the daughter of Sharad Yadav, the Democratic Janata Party’s nominee, and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) General Secretary Kali Prasad Pandey joined the Congress on Wednesday. He joined in the presence of senior leaders at the Congress headquarters in Delhi. Subhashini can be the Congress candidate from Bihariganj seat of Madhepura district of Bihar. While Pandey has already filed his nomination papers as a Congress candidate from Kuchaykot constituency in Bihar.
Welcoming both of them, Bihar Congress chief Madan Mohan Jha said that due to their involvement in the party, the grand alliance will be further strengthened in the state. Addressing reporters at the Congress headquarters in Delhi, Subhashini Rao said that her father has not been able to participate in the election campaign in Bihar due to his illness. His father Sharad Yadav has been an MP from Madhepura. Sharad Yadav’s health was bad recently. He has recently returned home after being discharged from AIIMS. When Sharad was admitted to AIIMS, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar called him several times and took his care. Subhashini Raj Rao then publicly thanked him. After this, there was speculation that Sharad might return to the Janata Dal United. Actually, Sharad and Nitish have worked together for a long time, but the differences between the two went on many issues and their paths diverged.
Three years ago, in August 2017, Sharad Yadav was expelled from the JDU on charges of involvement in anti-party activities. After this he formed the Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD). He was part of the grand alliance in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and contested the elections from Madhepura under the banner of this, but he had to face defeat. It is said that Sharad had a desire to contest any member of his family from Madhepura for years. His daughter Subhashini Raj Rao joined the Congress on Wednesday with this desire. The Congress can make him its candidate from the Bihariganj seat of Madhepura.
Sharad Yadav’s attachment to Madhepura
Sharad Yadav became MP from Madhepura Lok Sabha seat in 1991 and 1996. Originally hailing from Madhya Pradesh, Sharad became MP from Jabalpur for the first time in 1974. In 1977, he was again elected as an MP from the same seat. Sharad became a Rajya Sabha MP in 1986. After this, he contested from Badaun parliamentary seat and won. In 1989 V.P. In Singh’s government, Sharad Yadav was made the Minister of Textile and Food Processing in the Government of India. He was elected as an MP from Madhepura in 1991 and 1996. In 1997, he was made the National President of the Janata Dal. Sharad Yadav parted ways with the Janata Dal and formed the Samata Party in 1998. In 1999, he became the Minister of Civil Aviation Department in the NDA Government. In 2001, he was made a Cabinet Minister in the Union Ministry of Labor. Sharad Yadav was made a second term MP from Rajya Sabha in 2004. He won elections from Madhepura in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. After separating from the Grand Alliance, Janata Dal Unitead joined the NDA and came out of JDU and formed the democratic Janata Dal.