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Akhilesh Yadav
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Leader of the Opposition of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
26 March 2022
Preceded by Ram Govind Chaudhary
Member of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
10 March 2022
Preceded by Sobaran Singh Yadav
Constituency Karhal
20th Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
In office
15 March 2012 – 19 March 2017
Preceded by Mayawati
Succeeded by Yogi Adityanath
President of the Samajwadi Party
Assumed office
1 January 2017
Preceded by Mulayam Singh Yadav
Member of Parliament (MP) in Lok Sabha
In office
30 May 2019 – 22 March 2022
Preceded by Mulayam Singh Yadav
Succeeded by Dinesh Lal Yadav
Constituency Azamgarh
In office
Preceded by Mulayam Singh Yadav
Succeeded by Dimple Yadav
Constituency Kannauj
Member (MLC) of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council
In office
Constituency elected by Legislative Assembly members
Personal details
Born (1973-07-01) 1 July 1973 (age 50)
Saifai, Uttar Pradesh, India
Nationality Indian
Political party Samajwadi Party
Dimple Yadav
(m. 1999)
Relations Shivpal Singh Yadav (uncle)
Ram Gopal Yadav (uncle)
Dharmendra Yadav (cousin)
Abhishek Yadav (cousin)
Akshay Yadav (cousin)
Tej Pratap Singh Yadav (nephew)
Children 3 (1 son and 2 daughters)
  • Mulayam Singh Yadav (father)
  • Malti Devi (mother)
Residence(s) 1 Vikramaditya Marg, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Alma mater JSS Science and Technology University (B.E.)
University of Sydney (M.E.)
Profession Politician and Civil engineer

Akhilesh Yadav (; born 1 July 1973) is an Indian politician and national president of the Samajwadi Party who served as the 20th Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. Having assumed office on 15 March 2012 at the age of 38, he is the youngest person to have held the office. Yadav is the Leader of Opposition in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly since March 2022, an elected Member of Parliament for Azamgarh in the 17th Lok Sabha, and the incumbent Member of Legislative Assembly for Karhal in the 18th Vidhan Sabha.

His first significant success in politics was being elected as the Member of the 13th Lok Sabha in 2000 for the Kannauj constituency (by-poll). He is the son of veteran politician Mulayam Singh Yadav, the founder-patron of Samajwadi Party who has served as the Minister of Defence in the Government of India and three terms as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

Early life and education

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. Malti Devi suffered complications while giving birth to Akhilesh which put her in a vegetative state. She died in 2003. With Mulayam Singh Yadav busy making a career in politics, Akhilesh was brought up mostly by his paternal grandparents.

He completed his early education in a local school in Saifai and then one in Etawah town. He was schooled at Dholpur Military School in Dholpur, Rajasthan, then obtained his Bachelor's and master's degrees in Civil Environmental Engineering at JSS Science and Technology University. Yadav also holds a master's degree in environmental engineering from the University of Sydney, Australia.

Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh

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Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav in 2016.

Yadav was sworn in as the 20th Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on 15 March 2012, at the age of 38, winning 224 seats in the March 2012 assembly elections. During his tenure, the Agra-Lucknow Expressway, which is the most modern and longest expressway in India, being the first of its kind to be built in the shortest span of time, was completed and inaugurated. Yadav also launched the "UP100 Police Service", "Women Power Line 1090" and "108 Ambulance Service". Infrastructural accomplishments of his government include projects like the Lucknow Metro Rail, Lucknow International Ekana Cricket Stadium, Janeshwar Mishra Park (Asia's largest park), Jayaprakash Narayan International Convection Center, IT city, Lucknow-Ballia Purvanchal Expressway et al.

His chief ministerial tenure also saw emphasis on developing power sector, modernising the police force, setting up Kisan Bazaars and Mandis, introducing social welfare schemes such as Lohiya Awas Yojana, Kanya Vidya Dhan, Kisan Avam Sarvhit Bima Yojana, Pension Yojna and allotting unemployment allowances. Between 2012-2015, over 15 Lakh laptops were distributed to the 10th and 12th passout students by the Government of Uttar Pradesh, making it one of the largest distribution scheme by any Government in the world.

Positions held

Akhilesh Yadav has been elected 1 time as MLA and 4 times as Lok Sabha MP.

# From To Position Party
1. 2000 2004 MP (1st term) in 13th Lok Sabha from Kannauj (by-poll) SP
2. 2004 2009 MP (2nd term) in 14th Lok Sabha from Kannauj SP
3. 2009 2012 MP (3rd term) in 15th Lok Sabha from Kannauj (resigned in 2012) and Firozabad (resigned in 2009) SP
4. 2012 2018 * MLC (1st term) in Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council
* Chief Minister (1st term) in Government of UP (2012-2017)
5. 2019 2022 MP (4th term) in 17th Lok Sabha from Azamgarh (resigned in 2022) SP
6. 2022 Present MLA (1st term) from Karhal SP

Personal life

Akhilesh Yadav is married to Dimple Yadav, who is a former Member of Parliament. The couple have two daughters namely Aditi and Tina, and a son, Arjun. Akhilesh by profession, is a Civil engineer, agriculturist, and socio-political worker. He has a keen interest in sports, mainly football and cricket. His favourite pastimes are reading, listening to music, and watching films.

Since Yadav became chief minister, his family was divided into two feuding groups, one siding with him and the other with his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav. Akhilesh had the support of his father's cousin, Ram Gopal Yadav, while Shivpal later went on to make his own political party, the Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia), which ahead of 2022 elections joined the SP+ coalition, with Shivpal being elected as an MLA on an SP ticket.

Family Tree

Akhilesh's father Mulayam Singh Yadav has 4 real brothers and 1 cousin brother. The family tree of Yadav family is as follows:

  • Ratan Singh Yadav (eldest uncle)
    • Ranvir Singh Yadav (cousin)
      • Tej Pratap Singh Yadav (nephew)
  • Mulayam Singh Yadav (father)
    • Akhilesh Yadav (himself)
    • Prateek Yadav (step-brother)
  • Abhay Ram Yadav (uncle)
    • Dharmendra Yadav (cousin)
    • Anurag Yadav (cousin)
  • Rajpal Singh Yadav (uncle)
    • Abhishek Yadav (cousin)
    • Aryan Yadav (cousin)
  • Shivpal Singh Yadav (youngest uncle)
    • Aditya Yadav (cousin)
  • Ram Gopal Yadav (cousin of Mulayam)
    • Akshay Yadav (2nd cousin of Akhilesh)

Note: Prateek Yadav is son of Chandra Prakash Gupta and Sadhna Gupta (2nd wife of Mulayam).

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