Dimple Yadav

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Dimple Yadav
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
Preceded byAkhilesh Yadav
ConstituencyKannauj, Uttar Pradesh
Personal details
Born (1978-01-15) 15 January 1978 (age 41)
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Political partySamajwadi Party
Spouse(s)Akhilesh Yadav
RelationsMulayam Singh Yadav (Father-in-law)
ChildrenAditi Singh Yadav
Tina Yadav
Arjun Yadav
ResidenceSaifai village, Etawah, Uttar Pradesh
Alma materLucknow University

Dimple Yadav (born 15 January 1978) is an Indian politician from the Samajwadi Party who is a second time Member of the Indian Parliament from Kannauj. Her husband is Samajwadi Party supremo and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav.

Early life and education[edit]

Dimple Yadav was born in 1978 at Pune, Maharashtra, she was the second of three daughters of retired Indian Army Col R. C. S. Rawat and Champa Rawat.[1] Her family is originally from Uttarakhand.[2] She was educated in Pune, Bhatinda and Andaman and Nicobar island and Army Public School, Nehru road, Lucknow.[3]

Her parents now live in Kashipur, Uttarakhand. She graduated in commerce from Lucknow University.[4]

Dimple met Akhilesh Yadav when she was a student. Originally Akhilesh's family was opposed to their marriage, but they agreed after Akhilesh's grandmother Murtidevi approved. The pair got married[5] when she was aged 21. Guests at her wedding included movie stars, Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna.[6] The couple have two daughters and a son.[7] As of 2012, Akhilesh was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh until 19 March 2017.

Political career[edit]

Yadav unsuccessfully contested the by-election for the Lok Sabha constituency of Firozabad in 2009 against actor turned politician Raj Babbar.[8] The by-election was caused by her husband winning a seat in the May 2009 general elections both in this constituency as well as in Kannauj and taking up his seat from there.[9][10]

Prior to her entry into politics, she had been involved in a disproportionate wealth case along with her family members.[11][12] She was elected unopposed from the Kannauj constituency to the Lok Sabha in 2012, after her husband caused another by-election by vacating the seat to enter the Uttar Pradesh legislative council.

Dimple became the 44th person in the country and only the fourth in Uttar Pradesh since the independence of India to be elected unopposed.[4] This situation arose when two candidates, Dashrath Singh Shankwar (Samyukt Samajwadi Dal) and Sanju Katiyar (Independent), withdrew their nominations. Bharatiya Janata Party and Indian National Congress had not nominated any candidates for the by-election; though the BJP clarified later that their candidate missed his train so he failed to reach in time to file his nomination.

This made her the first woman from Uttar Pradesh to elected unopposed in a Lok Sabha by-election, and second person after Purshottam Das Tandon's election from Prayagraj (Allahabad West) in 1952. She became the only woman MP whose husband was Chief Minister, and also one whose father-in-law was also a member of the same House.[4]


  1. ^ Facts you didn't know about UP CM Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple Yadav, Bhaskar News, Aug 12, 2013
  2. ^ Mulayam crosses caste barriers, Nara Chopra, Sunday Guardian
  3. ^ "Facts you didn't know about UP CM Akhilesh Yadav's wife Dimple Yadav". Daily Bhaskar. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Lok Sabha 2014 Elections: Dimple Yadav, a horse-rider gallops into politics". DNA News. 29 March 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  5. ^ 4 साल तक चली थी अखिलेश-डिंपल की डेटिंग, ऐसी फिल्मी है CM की लव स्टोरी, Dainik Bhaskar, Jul 01, 2016
  6. ^ Bhat, Vasudha (20 April 2014). "Jab they met: Akhilesh and Dimple Yadav". India TV News. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  7. ^ Bhat, Vasudha (20 April 2014). "Jab they met: Akhilesh and Dimple Yadav". India TV News. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  8. ^ Roy, Rustam (6 November 2009). "I am not fighting for family but for party's honour: Mulayam's bahu Dimple Yadav". Times of India. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  9. ^ "'Dhritrashtra Syndrome' dominates phase III in UP". Ashish Tripathi. The Times of India. 20 April 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  10. ^ Pradhan, Sharat (12 November 2009). "Analysis: Why Dimple Yadav came a cropper in UP bypoll". Rediff. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  11. ^ SARIN, RITU; AMITAV RANJAN (14 December 2008). "Law Minister at the wheel in CBI's U-turn on Mulayam case". Indian Express. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  12. ^ "Probe UP CM's money: SC to CBI". CNN-IBN. 1 March 2007. Retrieved 7 March 2010.

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Preceded by
Akhilesh Yadav
Member of parliament, Lok Sabha (Kannauj)
2012 – present
Succeeded by