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 40)
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)
Children Three
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 ) is an Indian politician and a member of the Samajwadi Party. He was appointed Chief Minister of the state of Uttar Pradesh in 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]

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, Yadav's father, who is president of the Samajwadi Party, addressed government ministers and criticised the progress made during their first four months in office.[6]

His government faced public outrage and criticism from other political parties during the Durga Shakti Nagpal case, where an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer was sacked by his government because she ordered the demolition of an illegal mosque wall; her suspension was revoked after more than two months.[7][8] The 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots in 27 August, where 43 people died and 93 injured, due to communal clashes between Muslim and Jat communities, was another serious setback to his government where a curfew had to be called.[9][10]


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