|20th Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh|
15 March 2012
|Member of Parliament – Lok Sabha|
2009 – 2 May 2012
1 July 1973 |
Saifai, Etawah, Uttar Pradesh
|Political party||Samajwadi Party|
|Relations||Mulayam Singh Yadav (Father)
Ram Gopal Yadav (Uncle)
Shivpal Singh Yadav (Uncle)
|Residence||Saifai, Etawah, Uttar Pradesh|
|Alma mater||University of Mysore
University of Sydney
Akhilesh Yadav (Hindi: अखिलेश यादव, pronunciation (help·info); 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.
Early life and education
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. Akhilesh gives credit to Janeshwar Mishra who initiated him to join politics.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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|Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
15 March 2012 – present