Dimple Yadav

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Dimple Yadav
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Dimple Yadav at MLC election campaign.
Member of parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
Preceded by Akhilesh yadav
Constituency Kannauj
Personal details
Born (1978-01-15) 15 January 1978 (age 39)
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Political party Samajwadi Party
Spouse(s) Akhilesh Yadav
Relations Mulayam Singh Yadav (Father-in-law)
Children Aditi Yadav
Tina Yadav
Arjun Yadav
Residence Saifai village, Etawah, Uttar Pradesh
Alma mater Lucknow University
Profession Politician

Dimple Yadav (Born 15 January, 1978) is an Indian politician from the Samajwadi Party who is a Member of the Indian Parliament. She is the wife of Samajwaadi party supremo and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav. Through her marriage to Akhilesh, she is the daughter-in-law of Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh 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 Rajput, 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]

Prior to her entry into politics, she had been involved in a disproportionate wealth case along with her family members.[10][11] 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 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]


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