Controversial MP from Madhepura Pappu Yadav said no government come to power in Bihar without Third Front’s support. An uncanny politician, Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, 53, is leading Rashtriya Janadhikar Party which is part of a Third Front.
Stating that neither the National Democratic Alliance or the Mahagatbandhan will get a clear majority, he said only he can bring a smile to the faces of the poor and youth. He added the two alliances should extend support to him to form the next government.
Yadav said, “There is no question of any of them getting a majority. Without Third Front’s support, no alliance will be able to form a government.”
Dismissing that there was a wave in favour of PM Narendra Modi in Bihar, he pooh-poohed the fact that the alliance of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad was working wonders.
After being expelled from the Rashtriya Janata Dal, he initially wanted to align with the BJP, but changed his mind to join the Third Front floated by Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Addressing a gathering in Yadav-dominated Ghoshwari-Baijna area in Mokama, he says, “Without Pappu Yadav, nobody will be able to form a government. If that happens, I will change the life of people of the region in one year.” A fifth-term MP, he defeated JD-U chief Sharad Yadav in 2014 parliamentary polls.
He was elected to Lok Sabha thrice from Purnea and twice from Madehpura and it is said his writ runs large in Kosi-Seemanchal region. Of late, he has been touring the state trying to project himself as a leader of youth, particularly among Yadavs, and is taking on his mentor Lalu in election meetings.
Having been acquitted by the Patna High Court in May 2015 in connection with the 1998 murder case of CPI-M leader Ajit Sarkar for want of evidence, Yadav spent over five years in jail between 2008 and 2013 as a life-term convict in the cases before being acquitted by the HC.