Rajesh Ranjan (born 24 December 1967), better known as Pappu Yadav (popular name "Netajee"), is a popular politician. He won elections to the Lok Sabha (the lower house of the Parliament of India) in 1991, 1996, 1999, and in 2004 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 Pappu Yadav is currently the leader of Jan Adhikar Party (L).
Pappu Yadav defeated Sharad Yadav in the 2014 general elections. His wife Ranjeet Ranjan, an MP from Supaul, is a Congress leader. In July 2015, His son is Cricketer, who is player of Delhi Team. Pappu Yadav was given 'Y' category security by the Union Home Ministry. In 2015 Bihar elections he formed his own party, Jan Adhikar party and contested at 40 seats. His party failed to make any impact and could barely capture 2 percent of the votes it wished do capture.
Pappu Yadav was born on 24 December 1967 in a Landlord family in Khurda Karveli village, Purnia district, Bihar. His starting school education in Anand Marg School, Anand Palli, Supoul. He completed graduation in Political Science from B N Mandal University, Madhepura. He did Diploma in Disaster Management and Human Rights from IGNOU. Ranjesh Ranjan is official name but Pappu nickname name given by his Grand Father in childhood. He is married to Ranjeet Ranjan. He is known as Netajee in Koshi Area, Bihar. He is Member of Parliament from Madhepura, which is the popular place of Gope (yadav). One phrase is popular for Madhepura – "Rome Pope ka Madhepura Gope (Yadav) Ka". His son name is Sarthak Ranjan who is player of T20.
He was elected to the Bihar Legislative Assembly from Singheshwarsthan, 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 for years due to anti-RJD activities after that he founded new party Jan Adhikar Party.
On 9 May 2015, Pappu Yadav floated a new party Jan Adhikar Party before the elections. Pappu Yadav campaigned against Nitish-Lalu alliance. Jan Adhikar Party is fighting on 64 seats as part of Socialist Secular Morcha in Bihar Legislative Assembly election, 2015. He won best member of parliament award also.
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 for 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).
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.
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.