Akhilesh Yadav

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Akhilesh Yadav
Akhilesh Yadav.jpg
20th Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
Assumed office
15 March 2012
Preceded by Mayawati
Member of Parliament – Lok Sabha
In office
2009 – 2 May 2012
Constituency Kannauj[1]
In office
In office
Personal details
Born (1973-07-01) 1 July 1973 (age 41)
Saifai, Etawah, Uttar Pradesh
Nationality Indian
Political party Samajwadi Party
Spouse(s) Dimple Yadav
Relations Mulayam Singh Yadav (Father)
Ram Gopal Yadav (Uncle)
Shivpal Singh Yadav (Uncle)

Dharmendra Yadav

Children 3
Residence Saifai, Etawah, Uttar Pradesh
Alma mater University of Mysore
University of Sydney
Profession Politician
Website www.akhileshyadav.com

Akhilesh Yadav (About this sound pronunciation ; born 1 July 1973) is an Indian politician who has been Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh since 2012. A member of the Samajwadi Party, he was appointed as Chief Minister in March 2012, at which time he was the youngest person to have assumed that office.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Akhilesh Yadav was born to Mulayam Singh Yadav and Malti Devi on 1 July 1973 in Saifai village, Etawah district, Uttar Pradesh. He studied at Dholpur Military School in Dholpur, Rajasthan and subsequently was awarded a degree in environmental engineering while studying in Mysore. He went to Australia to study for a master's degree in the same subject.[3] Akhilesh gives credit to Janeshwar Mishra who initiated him to join politics.[4]

Political career[edit]

Akhilesh Yadav was elected to the Lok Sabha from Kannauj in a by-election of 2000 and retained his seat in the 2004 and 2009 general elections.[5]

He was credited for assisting the party's rise from having 97 seats in the 2007 Vidhan Sabha to a total of 224 and was subsequently elected the 20th Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh by the party's MLAs. He was at that time the youngest person to have held that office, being 38 years old.[2] There have been suggestions that his government is in fact driven by his father behind the scenes. In July 2012, Akhilesh Yadav's father Mulayam Singh, who is president of the Samajwadi Party, addressed government ministers and criticised the progress made during their first four months in office.[6]

Yadav and his government faced criticism from other political parties over a series of controversies including Durga Shakti Nagpal case and the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots.[7][8][9] His party suffered a stunning loss in the 2014 general election, securing only five seats. It was considered the party’s worst-ever performance in a national election.


  1. ^ "Akhilesh Yadav quits Parliament Lok Sabha seat". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved May 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Khan, Atiq (15 March 2012). "Akhilesh Yadav sworn in UP Chief Minister". The Hindu (Chennai, India). Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Pandey, Geeta (15 March 2012). "Akhilesh Yadav: the new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh". BBC. 
  4. ^ Bhatt, Virendra Nath (14 March 2012). "The party is over and the bill is due: Akhilesh Yadav". Tehelka. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Mulayam Yadav pulls up son Akhilesh's govt". Indian Express. 1 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Controversies hound young CM". Hindustan Times (Sanjoy Narayan). HT Media. August 4, 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Ahmed Ali Fayyaz (2013-09-08). "9 killed in communal riots in Muzaffarnagar, curfew clamped, army deployed". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  9. ^ "Muzaffarnagar clashes". The Times of India (The Times Group). The Times Group. Sep 9, 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 

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Preceded by
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
15 March 2012 – present
Succeeded by