Akhilesh Yadav

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Akhilesh Yadav
Akhilesh Yadav.jpg
20th Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
Assumed office
15 March 2012
Governor Banwari Lal Joshi
Aziz Qureshi
Ram Naik
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 42)
Saifai village, 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 (Cousin)
Children 3
Residence 5, Vikramaditya Marg Lucknow Uttar Pradesh
Alma mater Dholpur Military School
University of Mysore
University of Sydney
Profession Politician

Akhilesh Yadav (About this sound pronunciation ; born 1 July 1973) is the current and the 20th Chief Minister of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, in office since 15th of March 2012. He is the youngest person to have held this office in the state of Uttar Pradesh at the age of 38 years. He came to the political front for the first time when he was elected as a member of the Lok Sabha in Kannauj in 2000. [2]

Early life and education[edit]

Akhilesh Yadav was born on 1 July 1973 in Saifai, located in the Etawah District of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. He was born to Mulayam Singh Yadav, former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and late Smt. Malti Devi. He has brother named Prateek Yadav.

Akhilesh completed his schooling from the Dholpur Military School in Rajasthan. His friends called him "Tipu". His passion for hockey and football also grew in the school as he supported Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. His pursued his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Environmental Engineering from Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysore. In his college days, Akhilesh was a great listener of music. He was extremely fond of Trekking, hill-climbing and driving. He then went to University of Sydney to further pursue the same stream.

Akhilesh Yadav got married to Dimple Yadav on 24 November 1999 and currently has two daughters, Aditi and Tina; and a son, Arjun. His wife, Dimple happens to be the sixth member from the Yadav family to become a part of the political background.[3][4]

Early political career[edit]

2000: Akhilesh Yadav was elected to the 13th Lok Sabha from Kannauj in a by-election of 2000. He also held membership in the Committee on food, civil supplies, and public distribution.

2000-2001: Member of the Committee on Ethics

2002-2004: Held membership in the Committee on Science and Technologies and committee on Environment and Forests

2004-2009: Re-elected as a member of the 14th Lok Sabha for the second term. Held membership in 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. He was also Re-elected to the 15th Lok Sabha for the third term in the year 2009

2009-2012: Membership in Committee on Environment & Forests, Committee on Science & Technology, and the JPC on the 2G spectrum scam.

10 March 2012: Akhilesh Yadav was appointed as the leader of the Samajwadi Legislative Party in Uttar Pradesh.

15 March 2012: At the age of 38 years, he became the youngest Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

3rd May 2012: Akhilesh Yadav resigned from the Kannauj seat, to further serve as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, after his party, Samajwadi Party won the Assembly Elections. [5]

5 May 2012: Became the Member of Legislative Council in the state of Uttar Pradesh. [6]

He is said to have assisted the party's rise from 97 seats in the 2007 Vidhan Sabha Elections to a total of 224 and hence was elected the 20th Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh by the party's MLAs.

As Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh[edit]

The government of U.P. under the leadership of Akhilesh Yadav has worked upon various developmental agendas in the state. The emphasis, as claimed by the government is on poverty alleviation, providing financial aid to girls and farmers, employment opportunities for youth masses and attracting huge investments for the state.[7]

Akhilesh as a CM adopted the PPP (public-private partnership) model in his politically crucial state for various sectors like road, power and urban reconstruction. The consequent development of the longest expressway in the country—Agra-Lucknow Expressway was also kicked off by him. The expressway is aimed at reducing the travel time between Delhi and Lucknow. Large mandis would be constructed alongside the expressway resulting in farmers’ welfare.[8]

Akhilesh’s government introduced unemployment allowance of 1000 rupees per month and also various schemes that give money to underprivileged girls to continue studying or get married.[9] The Free laptop distribution scheme for meritorious students is also a benchmark achieved in Yadav’s tenure where approximately 15 lakh laptops were distributed to Class XII pass students.[10]

He also brought about free 108 Samajwadi Ambulance Scheme which currently houses 988 vehicles.[11] Samajwadi Pension Yojna under which an amount of rupees 500 per month will be directly transferred to the 40 lakh poor families has also been given way. This scheme is supposed to benefit 2 core people.[12]

His Government has also put in efforts to improve the energy sector by installing new power-generation plants at Lalitpur, Harduaganj and Anpara and the commencing the Mahoba and Lalitpur solar power plants. Allahabad, Jalaun and Mirzapur will soon see solar parks as land for them has been finalised.

Lucknow Metro Rail [13] project was also flagged off with Shri E. Shridharan, the popular metro man being appointed as the chief advisor to this project. Women Power Line 1090 was started on 15th Nov 2012 to help women combat eve-teasing and other serious gender related issues.

UP acquired the number one spot among all northern states in the published World Bank report on Ease of Doing Business and has also been ranked among the Top 10 states in the country. In an assessment of Most Competitive States,[14] UP has also won three awards in the categories of communication, human capacity, and factor condition. The assessment was conducted by Institute of Strategy and Competitiveness,[15] a non-profit research, education, and policy organisation founded by Michael Porter, and based at Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts.

He also came up with the Samajwadi water ATM scheme at bus stations to provide clean drinking water commuters at the rate of Re 1 per litre and cold water at Rs 2 per litre.[16] The scheme was rolled out with a view to strengthen bus travel in UP. Akhilesh Yadav is quite famous among the youth section of Uttar Pradesh public given his young image portrayed when he started embracing the political front in the state. He also happens to have digital/ social space admiration and his Government has undertaken social initiatives inspired by the same. For his digital presence, Akhilesh Yadav has socially been given tags such as #digitalCM and #greenCM. The tags saw their way out on the social media given the various efforts put in by Akhilesh Yadav to come up with a better state of happenings in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Akhilesh Yadav launched a bilingual Samajwadi digital app in order to let people connect with Samajwadi party and know its whereabouts. He also launched web portal www.upnews360.in providing news about his government. Officials claim that this is the first website of any state government based in Web 2.0 concept. An online Integrated Grievances Redressal System namely Jansunwai [17]was also rolled out to the public for timely redressal of their complaints.

Akhilesh Yadav’s Clean UP, Green UP initiative [18] earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. Within eight hours, 10 lakh saplings were planted in a single day on November 7, 2015 across 10 localities within the state. The new record outdid the previous one which marked the plantation of 8 lakh 50 thousand trees in a single day.

Akhilesh Yadav developed cycle tracks in the state picking motivation from his subsequent visits to Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris in order to facilitate green and environment-friendly transport. He carries the ideal of branding state capital, Lucknow as the cycling city. The draft for the cycle tracks has been developed by a Dutch engineering consultancy firm and is aimed at keeping the city pollution free. After complete implementation of the project as per the design, Uttar Pradesh will have the largest cycle track network of about 270 km in the country.

Uttar Pradesh government enforced the ban on the use of polythene [19] across the state from 21st January 2015 as per the directives of Allahabad High Court. The ban implies prohibition of polythene usage in stages of manufacturing, importing, purchasing and storage. It restricts all shopkeepers, wholesalers and retailers in the state to use, store or purchase plastic carry bags either for eatable or non-eatable items.


The Lord of New Hopes

The multi-language pocketbook came out in 2012 and was co-authored by Yagya Dutt Sharma and Avijit Suryavanshi. It has 14 chapters and was published by Diamond Books. The book contains several instances of Akhilesh’s life, father-son relationship and his ascension to the mainstream politics.

Akhilesh Yadav: Winds of Change Sunita Aron authored the book and it was published by Tranquebar in 2013. The book is a biography and unfolds layers of the past and existing political scenario in Uttar Pradesh.


  1. ^ "Akhilesh Yadav quits Parliament Lok Sabha seat". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  2. ^ Khan, Atiq (15 March 2012). "Akhilesh Yadav sworn in UP Chief Minister". The Hindu (Chennai, India). Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  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. ^ http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/akhilesh-yadavs-wife-dimple-to-contest-kannauj-lok-sabha-by-polls/1/197702.html
  6. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Akhilesh-Yadav-elected-unopposed-for-UP-legislative-council/articleshow/12730984.cms
  7. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/good-governance/uttar-pradesh/UP-Pravasi-Diwas-NRI-to-invest-Rs-1000-crore-in-Lucknow/articleshow/50448396.cms
  8. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agra_Lucknow_Expressway
  9. ^ http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/akhilesh-yadav-government-launches-unemployment-allowance-scheme-498857
  10. ^ http://uplaptop-tabletdistribution.in/
  11. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/akhilesh-launches-free-24x7-ambulance-service/article3897856.ece
  12. ^ http://sspy-up.gov.in/
  13. ^ http://www.lmrcl.com/
  14. ^ http://www.livemint.com/Politics/XtNLpLNriofzNYBYRI6zsK/Indias-most-competitive-states.html
  15. ^ http://www.isc.hbs.edu/Pages/default.aspx
  16. ^ http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/up-cm-launches-samajwadi-water-atm-scheme-115051201363_1.html
  17. ^ http://jansunwai.up.nic.in/
  18. ^ http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-11-08/news/55894435_1_cm-akhilesh-yadav-cycle-tracks-cleanliness
  19. ^ http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/no-plastic-carry-bag-in-up-from-jan-21-116012000756_1.html

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