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Tejashwi Yadav
5th Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar
Assumed office
10 August 2022
GovernorPhagu Chauhan,
Rajendra Arlekar
Chief MinisterNitish Kumar
Ministry and DepartmentsHealth & family welfare
Road Construction
Housing & Urban Development
Rural works
Preceded byRenu Devi
Tarkishore Prasad
In office
20 November 2015 – 26 July 2017
GovernorRam Nath Kovind
Keshari Nath Tripathi
Chief MinisterNitish Kumar
Ministry and DepartmentsRoad Construction
Building Construction
Backward Class Development
Preceded bySushil Kumar Modi
Succeeded bySushil Kumar Modi
Minister, Government of Bihar
Assumed office
10 August 2022
  • Department of Health and Family Welfare
  • Public Works
  • Road Construction and Housing
  • Urban and Rural Development
Preceded byRespective Cabinet ministers
Member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
1 December 2015
Preceded bySatish Kumar
Personal details
Tejashwi Prasad Yadav

(1989-11-09) 9 November 1989 (age 34)
Gopalganj, Bihar, India
Political partyRashtriya Janata Dal
Rajshree Yadav
(m. 2021)
RelationsTej Pratap Yadav (brother)
Misa Bharti (sister)
Tej Pratap Singh Yadav (brother-in-law)
Chiranjeev Rao (brother-in-law)
Sadhu Yadav (uncle)
Subhash Prasad Yadav (uncle)
Children1 daughter
Residence(s)5, Desh Ratna Marg, Patna
Alma materDelhi Public School
Cricket information
BowlingRight-arm bowler
Domestic team information
2008–2012Delhi Daredevils
First-class debut10 November 2009 Jharkhand v Vidarbha
List A debut14 February 2010 Jharkhand v Orissa
Last List A16 February 2010 Jharkhand v Tripura
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 1 2 4
Runs scored 20 14 3
Batting average 10.00 7.00 3.00
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 19 9 3
Balls bowled 30 24 36
Wickets 0 1 0
Bowling average 23.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 1/10
Catches/stumpings 0/0 1/0 1/0
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 2 May, 2016

Tejashwi Prasad Yadav (born 9 November 1989) is an Indian politician and former professional cricketer who serves as the 5th and current Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, in office since 2022. He also serves as the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Minister of Road Construction and Public Works Department, Minister of Urban Development and Housing as well as the Minister of Rural Works and Development in the Bihar Government. A member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly from Raghopur Assembly constituency since 2015, Yadav leads the Rashtriya Janata Dal - the single largest political party in the state of Bihar, and is the chairperson of the Mahagathbandhan alliance, the ruling coalition currently in Government. As a professional cricketer, he was in the Delhi Daredevils and the Jharkhand cricket team.[2][3] He is noted to have been both the youngest Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar and the youngest Leader of Opposition in India during the respective periods.[4][5] Yadav was featured in the Indian Express ‘100 Most Powerful Indians’ in 2020 and 2021.[6]

Early life and education

Tejashwi Yadav was born in Gopalganj, Bihar on 9 November 1989 to Rabri Devi and Lalu Prasad Yadav, both of whom were members of the Bihar Legislative Assembly and later became the Chief Ministers of Bihar.[5][7][8] He is one of 9 siblings (7 sisters and 2 brothers) among whom he is the youngest.[9] He began his schooling in Patna and later moved to Delhi, accompanying his eldest sister Misa Bharti who was enrolled for an MBBS.[4] In Delhi, Yadav initially attended Delhi Public School in Vasant Vihar for primary classes till Class V.[4][10]


See also: Political families of Bihar

His 7 sisters are Misa Bharti, Rohini, Chanda, Ragini, Hema, Anushka and Raj Lakshmi Yadav. Tej Pratap Yadav is his elder brother.

Anushka Yadav is married to Chiranjeev Rao, while Raj Lakshmi Yadav is married to Tej Pratap Singh Yadav.

Personal life

On 9 December 2021, Tejashwi Yadav married his long-time friend Rajshree Yadav.[11][12] She is from Rewari in Haryana and has been living in Delhi since childhood.[13][14] Rajshree and Tejashwi studied together at DPS school in RK Puram, New Delhi.[15]

Youth sports

According to his school teachers, he was a scrawny and shy child. He was also the school cricket team's captain.[10] From Class VI onwards, he began attending Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram.[4][10] The principal of the school described him as an introvert and a cricket enthusiast.[4] He played in the school's cricket team and was selected for the U-15 cricket team of Delhi as an all rounder at the age of 13.[4][10] According to his teammates, he had helped them win a number of tournaments during his first season,[4] his team also included Virat Kohli as its captain.[9] The U-15 team won the national championship where Yadav had a match winning partnership with Ishant Sharma in the finals.[4] He dropped out of his school in Class X to pursue a sports career,[16] and was eventually got into U-17 and U-19 cricket team of Delhi.[4][10] Tejashwi was also selected in the list of standby players for the world cup winning U-19 Indian national cricket team, later in the same year.[4]

Cricket career

Yadav was contracted by the Delhi Daredevils for the 2008 Indian Premier League franchise.[7][10] He remained in the reserve bench of the team in the entire seasons between 2008 and 2012.[17]

He was also selected for the state level Jharkhand cricket team in 2009.[18] His professional cricket debut began with 4 Twenty20 matches primarily in the capacity of a bowler in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.[19] Following which he was called for a first class game against Vidarbha cricket team at Dhanbad.[18][19] He was fielded as the number 7 batsman and bowled in 5 overs. In 2010, he made his one-day debut in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and played two matches against Odisha cricket team and the Tripura cricket team respectively; his team lost the first match and won the second one, Yadav took a wicket against Tripura.[19]

By 2013, Yadav had retired from his cricket career.[20] According to a 2013 article of the Business Standard, "the stupefying talent soon gave way to a spate of middling performances, ensuring that his cricketing career never fully took off."[10] According to his team coaches, he had the potential for success in his cricket career but was let down by the lack of adequate facilities for sportsmen in Bihar; the state also lacked a domestic cricket team which had caused Yadav to move to another state like most other Bihari players where local players were prioritised for playing matches.[20]

Political career

Tejashwi as Deputy CM in 2022

Since 2010, while still pursuing his cricket career, Yadav had begun campaigning for the Rashtriya Janata Dal.[21] Following his advent into politics, he was credited for successfully modernising campaigning strategies and initiating digital outreach for the party.[7] According to Rashtriya Janata Dal insiders, Yadav had also convinced Lalu Prasad to form a coalition with Nitish Kumar and his Janata Dal (United) following the poor performance of both the parties in the 2014 Indian general election in Bihar.[10] Eventually an alliance was formed between the Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Indian National Congress.[22]

In the 2015 Bihar Legislative Assembly election, Yadav stood as the candidate of the Mahagathbandan (Grand Alliance) from both the Raghopur was elected as the representative of the constituency.[23] The election also resulted in an overwhelming majority for the alliance in the assembly,[24] which led to Yadav being appointed as the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar and received the portfolios of public works, forestry and environment in the 5th Nitish Kumar cabinet.[10][25]

In 2017, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a case and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) launched a probe in relation to money laundering in a 2004 corruption case involving the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, against Yadav and other members of his family including his parents Rabri Devi and Lalu Prasad Yadav.[26][27] This caused Nitish Kumar to pull the Janata Dal (United), out of the alliance and form a new government along with the Bharatiya Janata Party.[17][28] Subsequently, Yadav became the leader of opposition owing to the Rashtriya Janata Dal being the largest party in the state legislature.[29][30] In response to the case lodged against him, Yadav accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of abusing government machinery to carry out political schemes.[31] In 2018, he was granted relief in the case by the Delhi High Court after he maintaining that he could not have played a role as the allegation was leveled on him at a time when he was only 14 years old.[32]

By March 2018, Yadav had become the de facto leader of the Rashtriya Janata Dal.[29][33] Upon appointment, he issued an official apology addressing the people of Bihar for "lapses and mistakes" that may have been committed by the party during its tenure in the state government and that he himself was unaware of them being too young at the time.[34] During his term as the leader of opposition, Yadav later became involved in organising food relief in the aftermath of the 2019 Bihar floods.[35]

Yadav led the Rashtriya Janata Dal in the 2020 Bihar Legislative Assembly elections, as the Chief Ministerial candidate of the Mahagathbandhan. The alliance won 110 seats in total out of 243, with RJD winning 75 seats, continuing to remain the single largest political party in Bihar. Since the majority required was 122, the alliance was unable to form the government, and Yadav was elected as the Leader of Opposition of Bihar.

On 10 August 2022, he took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar with Nitish Kumar taking oath as Chief Minister as part of the Mahagathbandan formed with RJD, Congress and other Opposition Parties.[36]

See also


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State Legislative Assembly Preceded bySatish Kumar Member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly from Raghopur (Vidhan Sabha constituency) 2015– Incumbent Political offices Preceded byVacant Deputy Chief Minister of Biharin the Fifth Nitish Kumar ministry 2015 – 2017 Succeeded bySushil Kumar Modi Preceded byPrem Kumar (politician) Leader of the Oppositionin the Bihar Legislative Assembly 2017 – Succeeded byIncumbent