Pappu Yadav

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Pappu Yadav
The Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Shri Pappu Yadav calling on the Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, in New Delhi on February 22, 2016.jpg
Yadav (left) with Suresh Prabhu
Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha
In office
16 May 2014 – 23 May 2019
Preceded bySharad Yadav
Succeeded byDinesh Chandra Yadav
In office
Preceded byLalu Prasad Yadav
Succeeded bySharad Yadav
President of Jan Adhikar Party (Loktantrik)
Assumed office
9 May 2015
Personal details
Rajesh Ranjan

(1967-12-24) 24 December 1967 (age 55)
Purnea, Bihar, India
Political partyJan Adhikar Party (Loktantrik)
(9 May 2015 – Present)
Other political
Rashtriya Janata Dal
SpouseRanjeet Ranjan(INC)
ChildrenSarthak Ranjan
Prakriti Ranjan
Residence(s)Purnia, Bihar, India

Rajesh Ranjan (born 24 December 1967), better known as Pappu Yadav, is an Indian politician.[1][2] He won elections to the Lok Sabha (the lower house of the Parliament of India) in 1991, 1996, 1999, 2004 and 2014 from several constituencies in Bihar as an Independent / SP / Lok Janata Party / RJD candidate. Pappu Yadav became one of the 'best performing' MPs in 2015.[3] Pappu Yadav is President of Jan Adhikar Party (Loktantrik).[4]

Pappu Yadav defeated Sharad Yadav in the 2014 general elections.[5] His wife Ranjeet Ranjan was MP from Supaul but lost to JD(U) in 2019 General Election, and is a Congress leader.[6] His son Sarthak Ranjan is a cricketer and plays for the Delhi team. Pappu Yadav was given 'Y' category security by the Union Home Ministry.[7][8] In the 2015 Bihar elections he formed his own Jan Adhikar Party (Loktantrik) and contested 40 seats. However, the party failed to make any impact and could barely capture 2 percent of the votes.[9]


Pappu Yadav was born on 24 December 1967 in a landowning family in Khurda Karveli village, Kumar Khand, Bihar. He studied in Anand Marg School, Anand Palli, Supoul. He completed graduation in Political Science from B N Mandal University, Madhepura and a diploma in Disaster Management and Human Rights from IGNOU. Rajesh Ranjan is his official name but nickname Pappu was given by his grandfather in childhood. He is married to Ranjeet Ranjan. He was a Member of Parliament from Madhepura. His son's name is Sarthak Ranjan[10][11][circular reference] who is a T-20 player.

He was elected to the Bihar Legislative Assembly from Singheshwar, Madhepura in 1990 as an independent candidate, and in 1991 he contested and won through to the 10th Lok Sabha from Purnia. He was at various times a member of RJD, the Samajwadi Party and the Lok Janshakti Party.

On 7 May 2015, the RJD expelled Rajesh Ranjan due to anti-RJD activities, after which he founded a new party Jan Adhikar Party.[12]

On 9 May 2015, Pappu Yadav floated a new party Jan Adhikar Party before the elections.[13][14][15][16][17] Pappu Yadav campaigned against Nitish-Lalu alliance.[18] Jan Adhikar Party is fighting on 64 seats as part of Socialist Secular Morcha in 2015 Bihar Legislative Assembly election.[19]

2009 Lok Sabha elections[edit]

Pappu Yadav meeting the Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu

On 2 April 2009, the Patna High Court rejected Yadav's plea to be allowed to contest the 2009 Indian parliamentary elections because he had been convicted of murder. On 11 April, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav expelled Pappu Yadav from the party. His mother Shanti Priya, who was a candidate from Purnia, also lost to Uday Singh of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

2010 Bihar elections[edit]

During 2010 Bihar Vidhan Sabha elections Pappu Yadav along with Anil Yadav and Rampravesh Rai were expelled from the RJD for alleged anti-party activity. They were charged with working against the party's official nominee for Fatua assembly constituency, Ramanand Yadav.

2020 Bihar Legislative Assembly Election[edit]

In September 2020, prior to the Bihar Assembly Elections, Yadav floated a new alliance called People Democratic Alliance (PDA) which contained parties like Bahujan Mukti Party and SDPI (Social Democratic party of India), Indian Muslim league along with the party of Dalit activist and President of Bhim Army, Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan.[20]


In 2008 Pappu Yadav was convicted by a special court in Ajit Sarkar murder case of 1998.[21] He was involved in various controversies while in imprisonment, like holding audiences and having unrestricted access to cellphones. He was acquitted in 2013 from Patna high court.[22][23]

In his autobiography Drohkaal ka Pathik, released in November 2013, Pappu Yadav has alleged that three MPs of his Indian Federal Democratic Party got money from the then finance minister Yashwant Sinha, to join the NDA in 2001. He has also claimed that during the July 2008 trust vote, both the Congress and BJP had offered "Rs 400 million each" to MPs for their support.[24]

In 2015 he was once again in controversy after being reported to have allegedly threatened to hit an airhostess with slippers.[25]

In May 2021, Pappu Yadav was arrested in a 32 year old kidnapping case and for flouting COVID-19 norms. Pappu Yadav has alleged political vendetta as he was raising questions against government expenditures in ambulance management during Covid.[26]


  1. ^ Pappu Yadav returns to RJD, gets ticket from Bihar's Madhepura. (11 March 2014). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  2. ^ "Ditched by the BJP, Pappu Yadav Goes the Samajwadi Party Way".
  3. ^ Pappu Yadav, once accused of murder, now among 'best performing' MPs. (22 March 2015). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  4. ^ "Purnea MP Pappu Yadav forms new Jan Adhikar Party with Brajesh Sah as Pradesh Mahasachiv".
  5. ^ BJP wipes out Nitish’s JDU in Bihar, Sharad Yadav humbled. Retrieved on 28 July 2015.
  6. ^ "'Supreme Court will be moved against Pappu Yadav's acquittal'". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 18 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Now, Pappu Yadav gets 'Y' category security".
  8. ^ "In Poll Bound Bihar, Pappu Yadav's Security Upgrade Sparks Talk".
  9. ^ "Owaisi, Pappu Yadav fail to make impact". The Hindu. 9 November 2015. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  10. ^ ankur.shukla. "मम्मी-पापा से बिल्कुल अलग है इस लड़के की कहानी, राजनीति नहीं क्रिकेट की दुनिया में करना चाहता है करिश्मा". Asianet News Network Pvt Ltd (in Hindi). Retrieved 20 September 2021.
  11. ^ Sarthak Ranjan
  12. ^ Madhepura MP Pappu Yadav expelled from RJD, may join hands with BJP | Zee News. (7 May 2015). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  13. ^ Expelled RJD MP Pappu Yadav floats new party – The Times of India. (17 May 2015). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  14. ^ Pappu Yadav could win over disgruntled Lalu supporters in Bihar. (11 June 2015). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  15. ^ Bihar@2025 campaign stunt: Pappu Yadav. The Hindu (11 June 2015). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  16. ^ Bihar@2025 campaign political stunt, EC should stop it: Pappu Yadav – The Economic Times. (10 June 2015). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  17. ^ Pappu Yadav launches new party | Business Line. (9 June 2015). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  18. ^ Yadavs join hands to fight in unison. (29 June 2015). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  19. ^ "Samajwadi Party teams up with Pappu Yadav, NCP, 3 others to form third front".
  20. ^ "Bihar Assembly election 2020: Pappu Yadav forms poll alliance with Chandrasekhar Azad to take on ruling NDA". Zee News. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  21. ^ "Pappu Yadav gets life term in Ajit Sarkar murder case". India Today. Press Trust of India. 14 February 2008. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  22. ^ "Purnea misses chalk & cheese - Residents recollect war between Ajit Sarkar & Pappu Yadav". Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  23. ^ "Pappu Yadav acquitted in Ajit Sarkar murder case". The Economic Times. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  24. ^ Pappu Yadav in memoir: Both Cong, BJP offered MPs Rs 40 crore each. Indian Express (27 November 2013). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  25. ^ "Bihar Lawmaker Pappu Yadav Allegedly Threatened to Hit Airhostess With Slippers". Retrieved 22 April 2022.
  26. ^ Ex-MP Pappu Yadav arrested in 32-yr-old kidnapping case. Times of India (12 May 2021)| Retrieved on 1 July 2021

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