New Delhi, July 25 (UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday will virtually address a programme marking the 10th death anniversary of late Harmohan Singh Yadav at 4:30 pm.
Harmohan Singh Yadav (October 18, 1921 – July 25, 2012) was a towering figure and leader of the Yadav community. Prime Minister’s participation in the programme is in recognition of the contribution of the late leader for farmers, backward classes and other sections of the society, the PMO said.
Harmohan Singh Yadav remained active in politics for a long time and served in various capacities as MLC, MLA, member of Rajya Sabha and chairman of ‘Akhil Bhartiya Yadav Mahasabha’.
He was also instrumental in establishing many educational institutions in and around Kanpur with the help of his son Sukhram Singh.
Harmohan Yadav had close relations with Chaudhary Charan Singh and Ram Manohar Lohia. He resisted emergency and was also jailed while protesting for farmer’s rights.
Harmohan Singh Yadav was an important leader of the Samajwadi Party and had very close relations with Mulayam Singh Yadav. After the death of Chaudhary Charan Singh, it was Harmohan who proposed to Yadav Mahasabha that Mulayam Singh Yadav should become their leader now. This led to a tremendous rise in the stature of Mulayam Singh Yadav.
During the 1984 riots, Yadav was at home with his son Sukhram. They had with them a rifle, carbine, and guns. When the infuriated mob approached their locality, they moved to the terrace and fired in the air, driving back the attackers.
Local Sikhs went to Yadav’s house for shelter, and the Yadav family protected them from attack until the attackers were dispersed or arrested. For protecting the lives of the Sikhs, former Indian president Ramaswamy Venkataraman awarded Yadav the Shaurya Chakra in 1991.