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
President of the Samajwadi Party
Assumed office
1 January 2017
Preceded by Mulayam Singh Yadav
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Kannauj
In office
Preceded by Mulayam Singh Yadav
Succeeded by Dimple Yadav
Personal details
Born (1973-07-01) 1 July 1973 (age 43)
Saifai, Uttar Pradesh
Nationality Indian
Political party Samajwadi Party
Spouse(s) Dimple Yadav

Mulayam Singh Yadav (Father)
Malti Devi (Mother)
Ram Gopal Yadav (Uncle)
Shivpal Singh Yadav (Uncle)

Dharmendra Yadav (Cousin)
Sadhana Gupta (Step Mother)
Children 3
Residence 5 Vikramaditya Marg, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh[1]
Alma mater University of Mysore
University of Sydney
Profession Politician
Religion Hinduism

Akhilesh Yadav (About this sound pronunciation ; born 1 July 1973) is the President of Samajwadi Party and the 20th Chief Minister of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Assuming office on 15 March 2012 at the age of 38, he is the youngest person to have held this office. His first significant success in politics was his election as a member of the Lok Sabha for the Kannauj constituency.

Early life and education[edit]

Yadav was born in Saifai, Etawah District, Uttar Pradesh. He was born to Mulayam Singh Yadav, later a Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, and Malti Devi. He was schooled at the Dholpur Military School in Rajasthan, then obtained his Bachelor's and master's degrees in Civil Environmental Engineering at Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE).[2] He also has a master's degree in environmental engineering from the University of Sydney, Australia.[3]

Yadav married Dimple Yadav on 24 November 1999 and has two daughters and a son. Dimple is also a politician.[4][5]

Political career[edit]

  • 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[citation needed]
  • 2000–2001: Member of the Committee on Ethics[6]
  • 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. He was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha for a third term in 2009
  • 2009–2012: Member of the Committee on Environment and Forests, Committee on Science and Technology, and the JPC[clarification needed] on the 2G spectrum scam[7]
  • 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 youngest Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
  • On 3 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]
  • On 5 May 2012: became a Member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council[9]

According to Aarthi Ramachandran, Yadav was a youth icon in the 2012 elections.[10]

Family feud[edit]

Since Yadav became chief minister, the family has been divided into two feuding groups with him against his father. Yadav has the support of his father's cousin, Ram Gopal. His father is supported by Shivpal (Mulayam Singh's brother) and friend Amar Singh.[11] On 30 December 2016, Akhilesh was fired from the party by his father one day after he released a separate list of candidates for the upcoming elections, only to be readmitted within a day. The following day he was elected as the national head of Samajwadi party by his party's national convention in Lucknow, replacing his father who termed it as illegal. The matter appeared to be settled on 18 January when Mulayam recognised the decision of the Election Commission of India to accept Akhilesh as party president.[12]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Akhilesh Yadav to visit his Mysore college on Friday - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  3. ^ "10 things you want to know about Akhilesh Yadav". NDTV.com. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Pandey, Geeta (15 March 2012). "Akhilesh Yadav: the new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh". BBC. 
  5. ^ Bhatt, Virendra Nath (14 March 2012). "The party is over and the bill is due: Akhilesh Yadav". Tehelka. 
  6. ^ "Akhilesh Yadav Biography - About family, political life, awards won, history". www.elections.in. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "AKHILESH YADAV • Chief Minister Of Uttar Pradesh •". information.up.nic.in. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "Akhilesh Yadav's wife Dimple to contest Kannauj Lok Sabha by-polls". India Today. 2012-05-26. Retrieved 2016-06-22. 
  9. ^ "Akhilesh Yadav elected unopposed for UP legislative council". The Times of India. 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2016-06-22. 
  10. ^ Ramachandran, Aarthi (2012). Decoding Rahul Gandhi. Westland. p. 86. ISBN 978-93-81626-69-6. 
  11. ^ http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/53902522.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  12. ^ "Samajwadi pari-war: Will it make history or break?". newsbitesapp.com. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 

External links[edit]

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

2000 – 2012
Succeeded by
Dimple Yadav
Political offices
Preceded by
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
15 March 2012 – Present
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by
Mulayam Singh Yadav
National president of the Samajwadi Party
1 January 2017 – Present
Succeeded by