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Akhilesh Yadav (About this soundpronunciation ; born 1 July 1973) is an Indian politician and the current President of the Samajwadi Party. He served as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh from 2012 to 2017. Having assumed office on 15 March 2012 at the age of 38, he is the youngest person to have held the office. His first significant success in politics was his election as a member of the Lok Sabha for the Kannauj constituency.

Akhilesh Yadav
President of the Samajwadi Party
Assumed office
1 January 2017
Preceded byMulayam Singh Yadav
21st Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
In office
15 March 2012 – 19 March 2017
Preceded byMayawati
Succeeded byYogi Adityanath
Member of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council
In office
5 May 2012 – 4 May 2018
Member of Parliament for Kannauj
In office
Preceded byMulayam Singh Yadav
Succeeded byDimple Yadav
Personal details
Born (1978-07-01) 1 July 1978 (age 40)
Saifai, Uttar Pradesh, India
Political partyIndian Election Symbol Cycle.png Samajwadi Party
Spouse(s)Dimple Yadav
RelationsMulayam Singh Yadav (father)
Malti Devi (mother)
Shivpal Singh Yadav (uncle)
Ram Gopal Yadav (uncle)
Dharmendra Yadav (cousin)
Akshay Yadav (cousin)
Tej Pratap Singh Yadav (nephew)
Aditya Yadav (cousin)
Sadhana Gupta (stepmother)
Residence4 Vikramaditya Marg, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh[1]
Alma materSri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering
University of Sydney


Early life and educationEdit

Yadav was born on 1 July 1973 in Saifai, Etawah District, Uttar Pradesh. He was born to Malti Devi and Mulayam Singh Yadav, later Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.[2] He was schooled at the Rashtriya Military School in Dholpur, Rajasthan[3], then obtained his Bachelor's and master's degrees in Civil Environmental Engineering at Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering. He also has a master's degree in environmental engineering from the University of Sydney, Australia.[4]

Yadav is a vegetarian.[5] He married Dimple Rawat, who is also a politician, on 24 November 1999. The couple have two daughters and a son.[6][7]

Political careerEdit

  • 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[8]
  • 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 case[9]
  • 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[10]
  • On 5 May 2012: became a Member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council[11]
  • He was only 27 years old, when he entered Lok Sabha After winning a by-election from Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh

In the 2017 Assembly elections, the SP-Congress Alliance headed by Yadav won 55 seats and was defeated by the BJP. He submitted his resignation to Governor Ram Naik on 11 March.[citation needed]


Since Yadav became chief minister, the family was divided into two feuding groups, one siding with him and the other with his father. Yadav had the support of his father's cousin, Ram Gopal. His father was supported by Shivpal (Mulayam Singh's brother) and friend Amar Singh.[12]

  • Candidate of Azamgarh Lok Sabha Constituency.


  1. ^ "CM moves to new residence at Vikramaditya Marg". Daily Pioneer. 8 October 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Members Bioprofile". Lok Sabha Secretariat. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Akhilesh Yadav Biography".
  4. ^ "10 things you want to know about Akhilesh Yadav". Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  5. ^ "'Do they not consider me a Hindu?'". Rediff. 30 March 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  6. ^ Pandey, Geeta (15 March 2012). "Akhilesh Yadav: the new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh". BBC.
  7. ^ Bhatt, Virendra Nath (14 March 2012). "The party is over and the bill is due: Akhilesh Yadav". Tehelka.
  8. ^ "Akhilesh Yadav Biography - About family, political life, awards won, history". Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  9. ^ "AKHILESH YADAV • Chief Minister Of Uttar Pradesh •". Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Akhilesh Yadav's wife Dimple to contest Kannauj Lok Sabha by-polls". India Today. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Akhilesh Yadav elected unopposed for UP legislative council". The Times of India. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  12. ^ Rai, Manmohan (29 August 2016). "Infighting erupts in ruling Yadav family in UP, Mulayam continues to pull the power strings". The Economic Times. Retrieved 5 April 2017.

External linksEdit

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 – 20 March 2017
Succeeded by
Yogi Adityanath
Party political offices
Preceded by
Mulayam Singh Yadav
National president of the Samajwadi Party
1 January 2017 – Present
Succeeded by