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Akhilesh Yadav
President of the Samajwadi Party
Assumed office
1 January 2017
Preceded byMulayam Singh Yadav
21st Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
In office
15 March 2012 – 19 March 2017
Preceded byMayawati
Succeeded byYogi Adityanath
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
23 May 2019
Preceded byMulayam Singh Yadav
In office
Preceded byMulayam Singh Yadav
Succeeded byDimple Yadav
Member of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council
In office
Personal details
Born (1973-07-01) 1 July 1973 (age 47)
Saifai, Uttar Pradesh, India
Political partySamajwadi Party
Spouse(s)Dimple Yadav
RelationsShivpal Singh Yadav (uncle)
Ram Gopal Yadav (uncle)
Dharmendra Yadav (cousin)
Akshay Yadav (cousin)
Tej Pratap Singh Yadav (nephew)
FatherMulayam Singh Yadav
Residence1 Vikramaditya Marg, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh[1]
Alma materJSS Science and Technology University (B.E.)
University of Sydney (M.E.)

Akhilesh Yadav (About this soundpronunciation ; born 1 July 1973) is an Indian politician and president of the Samajwadi Party who served as the 20th Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh from 2012 to 2017. Having assumed office on 15 March 2012 at the age of 38, he is the youngest person to have held the office. Yadav is the Member of Parliament for Azamgarh in the 17th Lok Sabha, being elected in 2019. His first significant success in politics was being elected as the Member of the Lok Sabha for the Kannauj constituency in 2000. He is the son of veteran politician Mulayam Singh Yadav, the founder-patron of Samajwadi Party who has served as the Minister of Defence in the Government of India and three terms as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

Akhilesh Yadav in 2020

Early life and education

Yadav was born on 1 July 1973 in Saifai, Etawah District, Uttar Pradesh. He was born to Malti Devi and Mulayam Singh Yadav, later Chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.[2] Malti Devi suffered complications while giving birth to Akhilesh which put her in a vegetative state. She died in 2003. With Mulayam Singh Yadav busy making a career in politics, Akhilesh was brought up mostly by his paternal grandparents. He completed his early education in a local school in Saifai and then one in Etawah town[3] He was schooled at the Military School in Dholpur, Rajasthan, then obtained his Bachelor's and master's degrees in Civil Environmental Engineering at JSS Science and Technology University. He also has a master's degree in environmental engineering from the University of Sydney, Australia.[4]

Political career

Akhilesh Yadav meets PM Narendra Modi
  • 2000: elected to the 13th Lok Sabha from Kannauj in a by-election in 2000. He was also a member of the Committee on Food, Civil Supplies, and Public Distribution[5][6]
  • 2000–2001: Member of the Committee on Ethics[7]
  • 2004–2009: elected as a member of the 14th Lok Sabha for a second term. He was at times a member of the following committees: Committee on Urban Development, Committee on Provision of Computers for various departments, Committee on Science and Technology, and Committee on Environment and Forests.
  • 2009-2012 : elected as a member of the 15th Lok Sabha for a second term. He was at times a member of the following committees: Member of the Committee on Environment and Forests, Committee on Science and Technology, and the JPC on the 2G spectrum case.
  • 10 March 2012: appointed as leader of the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh.
  • 15 March 2012: at the age of 38 years, he became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, notably the youngest to hold the office.
  • May 2012: resigned from the Kannauj seat to further serve as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh after his party won the Assembly elections[8]
  • May 2012: became a Member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative council[9]
  • In the 2017 Assembly elections, the SP-Congress Alliance headed by Yadav won 55 seats and was defeated by the BJP. He submitted his resignation to Governor Ram Naik on 11 March.[10]
  • May 2019: elected as a member of parliament from Azamgarh Lok Sabha constituency.

Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in 2016

Yadav was sworn in as the 20th Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on 15 March 2012, at the age of 38, winning 224 seats in the March 2012 assembly elections.[11] During his tenure, the Agra-Lucknow Expressway, which is the most modern and longest expressway in India, being the first of its kind to be built in the shortest span of time, was completed and inaugurated.[12][13][14] Yadav also launched the "UP100 Police Service",[15] "Women Power Line 1090"[16] and "108 Ambulance Service".[17] Infrastructural accomplishments of his government include projects like the Lucknow Metro Rail,[18] Lucknow International Ekana Cricket Stadium,[19] Janeshwar Mishra Park (Asia's largest park),[20] Jayaprakash Narayan International Convection Center, IT city, Lucknow- Ballia Purvanchal Expressway, et al. His chief ministerial tenure also saw emphasis on developing power sector, modernising the police force, setting up Kisan Bazaars and Mandis, introducing social welfare schemes such as Lohiya Awas Yojana, Kanya Vidya Dhan, Kisan Avam Sarvhit Bima Yojana, Pension Yojna and allotting unemployment allowances.[21][22] Between 2012-2015, over 15 Lakh laptops were distributed to the 10th and 12th passout students by the Government of Uttar Pradesh, making it one of the largest distribution scheme by any Government in the world.[23]


Since Yadav became chief minister, the family was divided into two feuding groups, one siding with him and the other with his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav. Yadav had the support of his father's cousin, Ram Gopal Yadav. His uncle Shivpal Yadav was supported by a friend Amar Singh and Yadav's father Mulayam Singh Yadav who later backed Akhilesh Yadav.[24]


  1. ^ "CM moves to new residence at Vikramaditya Marg". Daily Pioneer. 8 October 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Members Bioprofile". Lok Sabha Secretariat. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  3. ^ Dixit, Neha. "Akhilesh Yadav in the family business". The Caravan. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  4. ^ "10 things you want to know about Akhilesh Yadav". Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  5. ^ Lok Sabha (Parliament of India )
  6. ^ "Akhilesh Yadav". Hindustan Times. 20 March 2004. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Akhilesh Yadav Biography - About family, political life, awards won, history". Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Akhilesh Yadav's wife Dimple to contest Kannauj Lok Sabha by-polls". India Today. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Akhilesh Yadav elected unopposed for UP legislative council". The Times of India. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  10. ^ "UP elections: Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav resigns". Hindustan Times. 11 March 2017. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  11. ^ "Akhilesh Yadav becomes UP's youngest chief minister". India Today. 15 March 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  12. ^ Som, Vishnu (21 November 2016). "6 Jets Touch Down For Opening Of Agra-Lucknow Expressway, India's Longest". NDTV. Archived from the original on 21 November 2016.
  13. ^ Chauhan, Arvind (13 November 2016). "8 IAF fighter jets to touch down Agra-Lucknow Expressway/ Taj Expressway on Nov 21". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Eight fighter jets to land on Agra-Lucknow expressway/ Taj Expressway". Business Insider. Times News Network. 14 November 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  15. ^ "UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav launches state's emergency response system UP-100". Economic Times. 19 November 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  16. ^ "Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav inaugurated the modern police control room & mobile Aap Women Power Line 1090". Musing India. Musing India. 21 November 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  17. ^ "Akhilesh launches free, 24x7 ambulance service". The Hindu. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  18. ^ "Akhilesh flags off Lucknow Metro; will be open to public only in March". Indian Express. 2 December 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  19. ^ "Int'l stadium may host first cricket match in 2015". Times of India. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  20. ^ "Janeshwar Mishra Park to come up over 330 acres". The Times of India. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  21. ^ "List of biggest achievements of Akhilesh Yadav as Uttar Pradesh's Chief Minister". Indian Wire. Achievements. 25 August 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  22. ^ Kumar, Sudhir. "हिंदी खबर, Latest News in Hindi, हिंदी समाचार, ताजा खबर". Patrika News (in Hindi). Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  23. ^ "Uttar Pradesh government to give free laptops to class X, XII pass out students". The Indian Express. PTI. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  24. ^ Rai, Manmohan (29 August 2016). "Infighting erupts in ruling Yadav family in UP, Mulayam continues to pull the power strings". The Economic Times. Retrieved 5 April 2017.

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Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Mulayam Singh Yadav
Member of Parliament
for Kannauj

Succeeded by
Dimple Yadav
Political offices
Preceded by
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
15 March 2012 – 20 March 2017
Succeeded by
Yogi Adityanath
Party political offices
Preceded by
Mulayam Singh Yadav
Samajwadi Party

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