Hukumdev Narain Yadav, a senior BJP leader from Bihar, may replace Hamid Ansari as the new Vice-President of India, according to a report by Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar. The daily today quoted BJP sources as saying that the top leaders of the party and NDA have already agreed on his candidature.
A leader from the OBC community, Yadav has been a five-time MP from Bihar. He is known for making sensible, but fiery, remarks during his speeches in the Parliament. Coming from a very poor family, Yadav has still maintained his image of an honest, down-to-earth politician. That too, when a few other Yadav leaders from Bihar like Lalu Yadav have been found involved in big corruption cases.
Dainik Bhaskar report says that BJP hopes to get the support of JD(U) during the Presidential election by proposing the name of Hukumdev Narain Yadav as the Vice-President of India. The saffron party may even get the support of Lalu Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on this name.
The tenure of two-term Vice-President Hamid Ansari ends in July.
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For the post of President, speculation is rife that the Narendra Modi government may propose the name of veteran BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani.
Presently, 75-year-old Hukumdev is an MP from Madhubani in Bihar and he identifies himself as a social worker and a farmer.
Yadav was born at Bijuli in district Darbhanga on November 16, 1939. He did his graduation from Chandrahari Mithila college, Darbhanga. In his youth, Hukumdev was also associated with Jai Prakash Narain’s ‘Total Revolution’. The movement led to the rise of several regional leaders like Nitish Kumar, Lalu, Mulayam Singh Yadav etc.
As an MP, Hukumdev has visited several countries including Brussels(Belgium), China, Denmark, France, Frankfurt, Germany, Netherlands, Nepal, Sweden, and Switzerland.
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Popular for making fiery speeches in the Parliament, Hukumdev has also been a Union Minister of State in past.
Hukumdev started his political career as a Gram Pradhan of his village in 1960. Since then, he has risen step by step on the political ladder. His election as the Vice-President of India would make another extraordinary rise of a leader from poverty to one of the top seats of the country, much like Narendra Modi.