Ram Kripal Yadav
|Minister of State for Rural Development|
9 November 2014 – 30 May 2019
|Prime Minister||Narendra Modi|
|Succeeded by||Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti|
|Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha|
|Assumed office |
16 May 2014
|Preceded by||Ranjan Prasad Yadav|
|Born||Patna, Bihar, India|
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Rashtriya Janata Dal (before-2014)|
|Alma mater||Magadh University (B.A.(Hons.), LL.B.)|
Ram Kripal Yadav (born 12 October 1957) is an Indian politician and a member of the 17th Lok Sabha from the Pataliputra parliamentary constituency in Bihar. He was a member of Rashtriya Janata Dal and was a close confidante of Lalu Yadav. Later he joined Bharatiya Janata Party. He was first a mayor in Bihar, and later the Minister of State for Rural Development in central cabinet in Delhi from 2014 to 2019.
Yadav represented the Patna (Lok Sabha constituency) constituency of Bihar winning thrice from there in the year 1991, 1996, and 2004 elections as a member of Rashtriya Janata Dal. He joined BJP in 2014, and has won 2014 and 2019 parliamentary elections as a member of BJP from Pataliputra (Lok Sabha constituency).
He did not contest the 15th general elections in 2009 from Patna as the RJD leader Lalu Yadav himself contested and lost from that constituency. Ram Kripal Yadav wanted to contest from Pataliputra seat in 2014 but was denied ticket. In March 2014 Ramkripal Yadav resigned from Rashtriya Janata Dal and joined BJP.
He won the Pataliputra Lok Sabha seat in 2014 as a member of BJP after defeating Lalu Yadav's daughter Misa Bharti. He was made a Minister of State in Government of India by Narendra Modi from 2014 to 2019. He retained his Lok Sabha seat in 2019.