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Dimple Yadav

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Dimple Yadav
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
8 December 2022
Preceded byMulayam Singh Yadav
ConstituencyMainpuri, Uttar Pradesh
In office
8 August 2012 – 23 May 2019
Preceded byAkhilesh Yadav
Succeeded bySubrat Pathak
ConstituencyKannauj, Uttar Pradesh
Personal details
Dimple Rawat

(1978-01-15) 15 January 1978 (age 46)
Pune, Maharashtra, India[1]
Political partySamajwadi Party
(m. 1999)
RelationsThe Yadav Family
Residence(s)Saifai village, Etawah, Uttar Pradesh[1]
Alma materLucknow University

Dimple Yadav (born 15 January 1978) is an Indian politician and the incumbent member of parliament from Mainpuri of Uttar Pradesh since June 2024. She has earlier served as member of the Lok Sabha for two terms from Kannauj and for one term from Mainpuri Lok Sabha constituency.[2][3]

Yadav is married to Samajwadi Party president and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav.[4]

Yadav is the daughter-in-law of Mulayam Singh Yadav, former Defence Minister of India, former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and founder-patron of the Samajwadi Party.

Early life and education[edit]

Dimple Yadav was born on 15 January 1978 at Pune, Maharashtra.[1][5] She is the second of three daughters of retired Indian Army Col. Ram Chandra Singh Rawat and Champa Rawat.[6] Her family is originally from Uttarakhand.[7] She was educated in Pune, Bathinda and Andaman and Nicobar island and Army Public School, Nehru road, Lucknow.[8] She graduated in commerce from Lucknow University.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Dimple Rawat met Akhilesh Yadav when she was a student. Originally, Yadav's family was opposed to their marriage, but they agreed after his grandmother Murti Devi approved. The couple got married on 24 November 1999 when she was aged 21.[10][5][1] Guests at her wedding included movie stars Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna.[11] The couple have two daughters Aditi and Tina Yadav and a son Arjun Yadav.[12] [13][14]

Political career[edit]

Yadav unsuccessfully contested the by-election for the Lok Sabha constituency of Firozabad in 2009 against actor turned politician Raj Babbar.[15] 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.[16][17][18][19] 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.

Yadav became the 44th person in the country and only the fourth in Uttar Pradesh since the independence of India to be elected unopposed.[9] 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.[9]

Yadav retained Kannauj Lok Sabha seat in 2014 Indian general election by defeating the nearest rival by 19,907 votes.[20] In 2019 Indian general election, she contested as a joint candidate of the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, but lost to BJP's Subrat Pathak with a margin of more than 10,000 votes.[21]

After the death of her father-in-law Mulayam Singh Yadav, Dimple Yadav was fielded from the vacant Mainpuri Lok Sabha constituency seat, which she won by defeating BJP's candidate with over 2.8 lakh votes.[22]

In 2024, Dimple Yadav retained Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat which she won with a margin victory of 2,21,639 votes, defeating the BJP's Jayveer Singh. Dimple won by securing 5,98,526 votes, while Jayveer Singh, managed 3,76,887 votes. The seat has been with the Samajwadi Party since 1996 and its journey of victories is marked by a series of electoral wins. [23] [24]

# From To Positions Party
1. 2012 2014 MP (1st term) in 15th Lok Sabha from Kannauj (by-poll) SP
2. 2014 2019 MP (2nd term) in 16th Lok Sabha from Kannauj SP
3. 2022 2024 MP (3rd term) in 17th Lok Sabha from Mainpuri (by-poll) SP
4. 2024 Present MP (4th term) in 18th Lok Sabha from Mainpuri SP


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  2. ^ "Lok Sabha Election 2024 Results LIVE: Dimple Yadav Wins From Mainpuri Lok Sabha Seat". NDTV. 4 June 2024. Retrieved 11 June 2024.
  3. ^ "Mainpuri Election Result 2024: Dimple Yadav retains SP bastion with nearly 2.2 lakh votes margin". CNBC TV18. 4 June 2024. Retrieved 11 June 2024.
  4. ^ "Politically Famous Better Halves: Sonia Gandhi, Poonam Sinha & Dimple Yadav". The Economic Times. 14 May 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  5. ^ a b "The love-story of Akhilesh and Dimple Yadav: A drama made for the movies". Latest Indian news, Top Breaking headlines, Today Headlines, Top Stories at Free Press Journal. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
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  8. ^ "Facts you didn't know about UP CM Akhilesh Yadav's wife Dimple Yadav". Daily Bhaskar. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  9. ^ a b c "Lok Sabha 2014 Elections: Dimple Yadav, a horse-rider gallops into politics". DNA News. 29 March 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  10. ^ "4 साल तक चली थी अखिलेश-डिंपल की डेटिंग, ऐसी फिल्मी है CM की लव स्टोरी". Dainik Bhaskar. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  11. ^ Bhat, Vasudha (20 April 2014). "Jab they met: Akhilesh and Dimple Yadav". India TV News. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  12. ^ Bhat, Vasudha (20 April 2014). "Jab they met: Akhilesh and Dimple Yadav". India TV News. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  13. ^ "Samajwadi GenNext: Akhilesh-Dimple Yadav's children get active on social media". Daiji World.
  14. ^ Singh, Digvijay. "अखिलेश-डिंपल का परिवार, बड़ी बेटी के 12वीं में 98% अंक, दो जुड़वां बच्चे Akhilesh Yadav Kids". Jansatta.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ "'Dhritrashtra Syndrome' dominates phase III in UP". Ashish Tripathi. The Times of India. 20 April 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  17. ^ Pradhan, Sharat (12 November 2009). "Analysis: Why Dimple Yadav came a cropper in UP bypoll". Rediff. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  18. ^ Sarin, Ritu; Ranjan, Amitav (14 December 2008). "Law Minister at the wheel in CBI's U-turn on Mulayam case". The Indian Express. Archived from the original on 27 January 2021. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  19. ^ "Probe UP CM's money: SC to CBI". CNN-IBN. 1 March 2007. Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  20. ^ Sinha, Anubhav (16 May 2014). "SP's Dimple Yadav retains Kannauj seat by registering a win over BJP's Subrat Pathak by a margin of 19907 votes". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 July 2023.
  21. ^ "Elections 2019: Dimple Yadav loses Samajwadi Party bastion Kannauj to BJP's Subrat Pathak". Scroll.in. Scroll. Archived from the original on 27 May 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  22. ^ "Mainpuri Bypoll Result: Dimple Yadav records thumping victory with over 2.8 lakh votes". The Times of India. 8 December 2022. Retrieved 25 July 2023.
  23. ^ "Dimple Yadav continues Yadav family's legacy, wins Mainpuri Lok Sabha elections 2024". Indian Express. 5 June 2024.
  24. ^ "LS polls: Dimple Yadav wins from Mainpuri seat by margin of 221,639 votes". Business Standard. 6 June 2024.

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