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    New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh was spoilt for choice. A crush of political celebrity from all over descended upon it in the last few months in an attempt to win it over. UP chose one of its own - Akhilesh Yadav is the quintessential local lad, who was born here and has learnt his politics on the dusty kuchcha roads of the UP heartland.

    He combined those earthy lessons with a progressive, new-age outlook to pull his party out of a political morass. In 2007, the Samajwadi Party was all but written off when Mayawati swept UP, washing the entire state in the colours of her BSP. The Samajwadi Party had lost the support of even its most loyal votebanks - political misadventures like shaking hands with Kalyan Singh, seen as the face of the Babri Masjid demolition, did not help its cause. In 2009, more setback. The SP could manage only 24 Lok Sabha seats, 11 short of what it had held. The party needed resuscitation.

    Father Mulayam Singh Yadav turned to son Akhilesh. In June 2009, Akhilesh Yadav was handed UP as its state president. The Congress' Rahul Gandhi was making waves with his youth agenda and the SP seemed to take a cue. Akhilesh had so far had charge of the youth wing of the SP. Now he had the big task of infusing fresh life into a floundering party. There were slips, hard lessons and hard steps. On his way to the spectacular victory of March 6, 2012, the younger Yadav had to remodel the party's image, step on many toes, pump in ideas that seemed antithetical to the SP way of thinking.

    So who is Akhilesh Yadav? Here are 10 things to know about the man who won UP yesterday:

    1) Akhilesh is 38. He was born on July 1, 1973 to Mulayam Singh Yadav and Malti Devi in Saifai of Etawah district in UP, their only son.

    2) It is a disservice to Akhilesh to call him foreign-educated. He has a Sainik school education - still considered in many parts of India as the most disciplined schooling that a young boy can get. He studied at the Sainik School in Dhaulpur, Rajasthan. Akhilesh then did his Bachelor of Engineering and Masters of Engineering in Civil Environment Engineering at the University of Mysore in Karnataka. Only then did he get his "foreign education" - a Masters degree in environmental engineering from the University of Sydney in Australia.

    3) Akhilesh is married to Dimple, made famous by her attempt at politics in a 2009 by-election in Ferozabad. She was contesting for a seat that her husband had won and vacated less than five months before. She lost to the Congress' Raj Babbar, a former Samajwadi Party man. The SP had thought this was a sitter; the Congress made it a prestige battle, with Rahul Gandhi leading a pantheon of leaders to campaign for Mr Babbar. Akhilesh and Dimple were married in November 1999. Akhilesh seems to wear his heart on his sleeve when it comes to his winsome wife. He is variously quoted to have declared his love for her and has even said that "shaadi hote hi kismat khul gayi (got lucky as soon as I got married)."

    4) Akhilesh and Dimple have three children - Aditi and twins, Arjun and Tina. The savvy politico played family man to the hilt yesterday, with his camera friendly little daughters making a debut on national television as family Yadav celebrated their win.
    5) A keen environmentalist, Akhilesh was contemplating taking up water pollution projects when his father drafted him into politics. He lists his profession on his official Lok Sabha bio data as Agriculturist, Engineer and Political and Social Worker.

    6) Akhilesh is a die-hard socialist. Get him talking and he would like to talk at length about Ram Manohar Lohia.

    7) Politics for long has meant leading youth of the party on a bicycle, his party's political symbol, door to door; he was 27 when he entered the Lok Sabha first, winning from Kannauj in 2000, when his father Mulayam Singh vacated the seat having won two - Mainpuri and Kannauj. Mr Yadav has been the Kannauj MP since. In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, Akhilesh contested two seats and won both. He kept Kannauj and gave up Ferozabad.

    8) He took over as the SP's UP president in June 2009. He had already been heading the party's youth wing for some time. His first task he had said then was to review his party's electoral setbacks to draw vital lessons and take corrective action.

    9) Akhilesh's magic UP potion involved attempting to strip the party of its image as a "party of goons" in the words of political rivals. He insisted on hand-picking candidates for the UP elections unmindful of whose feet he stepped on, also famously keeping the likes of DP Yadav away from the party. Through his campaign he talked law and order as his party's foremost agenda and after the SP's win promised UP freedom from Goonda Raj. He had other challenges. Three years ago, before the 2009 General Elections, the SP had said it was against the use of English and the use of computers. By 2012, the SP manifesto was the first to promise laptops and tablets for students who completed school-leaving. The manifesto is forward-looking with an accent of education and Yadav Junior has promised it will be implemented in full. Among the many changes the younger Yadav is credited with, is bringing in more young, educated professionals into his party, including the IIM-educated Abhishek Mishra who won from Lucknow-North seat and is already making waves.

    10) Winning UP was hard work. Akhilesh traveled about 10,000 km and held 800 rallies in UP over the last six months.
  • #2

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    Re : Future of UP - 10 things you must know about Akhilesh Yadav

    Saurabh bhai,

    AKY par kitab likhne ka irada to nahi hain naa...
    Ya phir Sri AKY chalisa.............
    Last edited March 7 2012, 02:29 PM.

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    • #3

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      Re : Future of UP - 10 things you must know about Akhilesh Yadav

      Originally posted by saurabh2011
      अखिलेश यादव 38 साल के हैं। उनके तीन बच्चे हैं। राहुल गांधी 42 साल के हैं और अब तक बच्चे हैं।

      यूपी की हार की जिम्मेदारी राहुल को क्यों? फिल्म फ्लॉप होती है तो कोई आइटम डांसर को जिम्मेदार ठहराता है क्या!

      चुनाव नतीजों के बाद राखी सावंत ने राहुल गांधी का शादी का प्रस्ताव फाड़ दिया।

      अखिलेश - डैड, मैंने कर दिखाया।
      राहुल - सॉरी ममी।

      Humne to suna hain ki RAJNIKANT akhilesh yadav ke peeche khade the..
      Isi liye rahul baba bhag gaye...

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      • #4

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        Re : Future of UP - 10 things you must know about Akhilesh Yadav

        Originally posted by saurabh2011 View Post
        New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh was spoilt for choice. A crush of political celebrity from all over descended upon it in the last few months in an attempt to win it over. UP chose one of its own - Akhilesh Yadav is the quintessential local lad, who was born here and has learnt his politics on the dusty kuchcha roads of the UP heartland.

        He combined those earthy lessons with a progressive, new-age outlook to pull his party out of a political morass. In 2007, the Samajwadi Party was all but written off when Mayawati swept UP, washing the entire state in the colours of her BSP. The Samajwadi Party had lost the support of even its most loyal votebanks - political misadventures like shaking hands with Kalyan Singh, seen as the face of the Babri Masjid demolition, did not help its cause. In 2009, more setback. The SP could manage only 24 Lok Sabha seats, 11 short of what it had held. The party needed resuscitation.

        Father Mulayam Singh Yadav turned to son Akhilesh. In June 2009, Akhilesh Yadav was handed UP as its state president. The Congress' Rahul Gandhi was making waves with his youth agenda and the SP seemed to take a cue. Akhilesh had so far had charge of the youth wing of the SP. Now he had the big task of infusing fresh life into a floundering party. There were slips, hard lessons and hard steps. On his way to the spectacular victory of March 6, 2012, the younger Yadav had to remodel the party's image, step on many toes, pump in ideas that seemed antithetical to the SP way of thinking.

        So who is Akhilesh Yadav? Here are 10 things to know about the man who won UP yesterday:

        1) Akhilesh is 38. He was born on July 1, 1973 to Mulayam Singh Yadav and Malti Devi in Saifai of Etawah district in UP, their only son.


        wrong assesment mulayam also have another son prateek yadav ..
        ab jab UP pr gundon ka raaj hai toh na chahte HUE bi humein badayi kni padegi in jaison ki huh .. :/


        2) It is a disservice to Akhilesh to call him foreign-educated. He has a Sainik school education - still considered in many parts of India as the most disciplined schooling that a young boy can get. He studied at the Sainik School in Dhaulpur, Rajasthan. Akhilesh then did his Bachelor of Engineering and Masters of Engineering in Civil Environment Engineering at the University of Mysore in Karnataka. Only then did he get his "foreign education" - a Masters degree in environmental engineering from the University of Sydney in Australia.

        3) Akhilesh is married to Dimple, made famous by her attempt at politics in a 2009 by-election in Ferozabad. She was contesting for a seat that her husband had won and vacated less than five months before. She lost to the Congress' Raj Babbar, a former Samajwadi Party man. The SP had thought this was a sitter; the Congress made it a prestige battle, with Rahul Gandhi leading a pantheon of leaders to campaign for Mr Babbar. Akhilesh and Dimple were married in November 1999. Akhilesh seems to wear his heart on his sleeve when it comes to his winsome wife. He is variously quoted to have declared his love for her and has even said that "shaadi hote hi kismat khul gayi (got lucky as soon as I got married)."

        4) Akhilesh and Dimple have three children - Aditi and twins, Arjun and Tina. The savvy politico played family man to the hilt yesterday, with his camera friendly little daughters making a debut on national television as family Yadav celebrated their win.
        5) A keen environmentalist, Akhilesh was contemplating taking up water pollution projects when his father drafted him into politics. He lists his profession on his official Lok Sabha bio data as Agriculturist, Engineer and Political and Social Worker.

        6) Akhilesh is a die-hard socialist. Get him talking and he would like to talk at length about Ram Manohar Lohia.

        7) Politics for long has meant leading youth of the party on a bicycle, his party's political symbol, door to door; he was 27 when he entered the Lok Sabha first, winning from Kannauj in 2000, when his father Mulayam Singh vacated the seat having won two - Mainpuri and Kannauj. Mr Yadav has been the Kannauj MP since. In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, Akhilesh contested two seats and won both. He kept Kannauj and gave up Ferozabad.

        8) He took over as the SP's UP president in June 2009. He had already been heading the party's youth wing for some time. His first task he had said then was to review his party's electoral setbacks to draw vital lessons and take corrective action.

        9) Akhilesh's magic UP potion involved attempting to strip the party of its image as a "party of goons" in the words of political rivals. He insisted on hand-picking candidates for the UP elections unmindful of whose feet he stepped on, also famously keeping the likes of DP Yadav away from the party. Through his campaign he talked law and order as his party's foremost agenda and after the SP's win promised UP freedom from Goonda Raj. He had other challenges. Three years ago, before the 2009 General Elections, the SP had said it was against the use of English and the use of computers. By 2012, the SP manifesto was the first to promise laptops and tablets for students who completed school-leaving. The manifesto is forward-looking with an accent of education and Yadav Junior has promised it will be implemented in full. Among the many changes the younger Yadav is credited with, is bringing in more young, educated professionals into his party, including the IIM-educated Abhishek Mishra who won from Lucknow-North seat and is already making waves.

        10) Winning UP was hard work. Akhilesh traveled about 10,000 km and held 800 rallies in UP over the last six months.
        pitaji ka badla mayawati se ab unka beta akhilesh lega ..
        dont trust these politicians and in case SP never becoz they are the biggestr goons..
        Last edited March 7 2012, 02:17 PM.

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        • #5

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          Re : Future of UP - 10 things you must know about Akhilesh Yadav

          Originally posted by saurabh2011
          Akhilesh Yadav is Less goons then official goons like RG/PC/KS/Doggy Singh/..... See the Worst Crime Situation in NCR in Gurgaon day after day..... Akhilesh Yadav will be better then RG for sure.....
          i personally just hate mulayam and samjwadi
          after his comment on the rape victim womens ..
          heLL my workers who used to live in UP tells
          ..

          "sahab mulayam ke raaj mein toh betiyan sadkon aur
          gharon se uthali jati thi"

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            Re : Future of UP - 10 things you must know about Akhilesh Yadav

            It is not wrong assesment , Second son is from second wife .

            wrong assesment mulayam also have another son prateek yadav ..
            ab jab UP pr gundon ka raaj hai toh na chahte HUE bi humein badayi kni padegi in jaison ki huh .. :/

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            • #7

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              Re : Future of UP - 10 things you must know about Akhilesh Yadav

              A number of Samajwadi Party Parliamentary Board members today pitched for state president Akhilesh Yadav as the Chief Minister.

              The party parliamentary board members, who met this morning to discuss the issue, aired their views in favour of the youth face of the party Akhilesh for CM's post, party sources said.

              However, the final decision would be taken in this regard by party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, who will be holding a meeting with newly-elected legislators later in the day.

              "Majority of MLAs are in favour of making Akhilesh the next CM. At the meeting of legislators, they will put in their views on the issue," party national General Secretary Naresh Agarwal told PTI.

              Source : Samajwadi Party workers want Akhilesh Yadav as Chief Minister

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              • #8

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                Re : Future of UP - 10 things you must know about Akhilesh Yadav

                Dear Saurabh,

                Neither i am a supporter nor a critics of any politician and infact i do not believe in democracy at all where corrupt and criminal politicians are won the election in majority. If this would not have been the case then nobody would fear from ruling SP/Mulayam. We all have habits of critisizing people for no reason but forget to appreciate them for all reason. It is true.

                India is shining but we struck somewhere in expecting more and giving none. We want our property prices to increase by 20-30% per annum but cry like child if RBI increase rate by 0.25%. Coming back to topic.....

                1. Congress has hundreads of reason for failure but SP has not even a single reason for winning. It is a gift from mayawati and Congress.

                2. We all are criticizing congress because we are suffering but we are not accepting the fact that the fuel they put it in our economy has also side effects. I can easily compare those early days where qualified people are travelling in buses and working for 5-6K pm and today people feel ashamed of it. Living standard, education system, health services, law and order has improved but corruption, bureaucracy has put us behind everybody in race of growth.

                In UP, if you ask public who are SP's top 5 leaders and their qualification and acheivement, then simple answer would be "We do not know" and why you have chosen they will say "We did not have any choice". Even BSP has own from the "Land row" affected area. Can you believe it? Now everybody is fearing from "Gundaraj" but they didn't think while giving votes. This is a Joke.

                There is a problem in system and people will remain at receiving end in democracy whereas they considered themselves as king.
                Originally posted by saurabh2011
                अखिलेश यादव 38 साल के हैं। उनके तीन बच्चे हैं। राहुल गांधी 42 साल के हैं और अब तक बच्चे हैं।

                यूपी की हार की जिम्मेदारी राहुल को क्यों? फिल्म फ्लॉप होती है तो कोई आइटम डांसर को जिम्मेदार ठहराता है क्या!

                चुनाव नतीजों के बाद राखी सावंत ने राहुल गांधी का शादी का प्रस्ताव फाड़ दिया।

                अखिलेश - डैड, मैंने कर दिखाया।
                राहुल - सॉरी ममी।

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                • #9

                  #9

                  Re : Future of UP - 10 things you must know about Akhilesh Yadav

                  Let us maintain the decorum of this forum and let it be a Real Estate Forum and Not a Political or Nautanki Foru PLEASE !


                  Originally posted by saurabh2011
                  अखिलेश यादव 38 साल के हैं। उनके तीन बच्चे हैं। राहुल गांधी 42 साल के हैं और अब तक बच्चे हैं।

                  यूपी की हार की जिम्मेदारी राहुल को क्यों? फिल्म फ्लॉप होती है तो कोई आइटम डांसर को जिम्मेदार ठहराता है क्या!

                  चुनाव नतीजों के बाद राखी सावंत ने राहुल गांधी का शादी का प्रस्ताव फाड़ दिया।

                  अखिलेश - डैड, मैंने कर दिखाया।
                  राहुल - सॉरी ममी।

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                  • #10

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                    Re : Future of UP - 10 things you must know about Akhilesh Yadav

                    Amid Gandhi defeat, India greets new political star Akhilesh Yadav

                    It was supposed to be the crowning moment for Rahul Gandhi, the heir-apparent in the ruling Congress, but he was thrashed in this week's state election results and another young man thrust into the spotlight.
                    Akhilesh Yadav has won national acclaim by helping return his father to power as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous and politically key state where Gandhi had hoped to stage a revival for Congress as it prepares to contest national elections in 2014.

                    Both men had taken charge of the campaigns to the Uttar Pradesh state legislature -- Gandhi for Congress and Yadav for his Samajwadi (Socialist) Party.

                    A relative unknown outside his state until recently, Yadav proved a canny operator and an effective grass roots campaigner, travelling hundreds of kilometres around Uttar Pradesh on a bicycle.

                    It was a smart move, since the bicycle was the Samajwadi election symbol.
                    Samajwadi ended up with 224 out of the state's 403 seats, enabling it to form the state government without any need for a coalition. Despite an energetic campaign that saw him sleep in the huts of villagers and join farmers' protests, Gandhi and the Congress party got just 28 seats.

                    "Akhilesh Yadav queered Rahul Gandhi's pitch, by projecting a youthful modernist face, but with the added advantages of being seemingly rooted in local social circumstance," wrote analyst Pratap Bhanu Mehta in the Indian Express.

                    "He talked the language of aspiration."

                    Both Yadav and Gandhi had projected themselves as agents of change, but on Wednesday it was Yadav's face that was splashed all over the front pages, feted for doing what Gandhi tried and failed to do.

                    Both men have been educated overseas -- Gandhi in Britain and the United States and Yadav in Australia -- but Yadav managed to maintain a distinct "man of the masses" image that went down well in the largely rural state.
                    He also managed to change his party's image of being peopled by strongmen and thugs.

                    In one landmark decision, Yadav insisted that an alleged criminal be refused a party ticket to contest the election, reportedly against the wishes of some party stalwarts.

                    The young man's view prevailed.

                    "People don't want old style politics and this is something that Akhilesh understands, which his father Mulayam Singh didn't," said political analyst Amulya Ganguli.

                    "Akhilesh is more in sync with the new evolving world of an open economy and that is his appeal."

                    At a press conference on election day in Lucknow, Yadav said law and order was the party's top priority.

                    "Akhilesh has definitely become a phenomenon," said political analyst Kuldip Nayar. "The perception of the party as being a party of goons has definitely changed."

                    FOOTBALL AND LAPTOPS

                    A former wrestler, Mulayam Singh Yadav first became chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in 1989, relying on the votes of farmers from his Yadav caste and Muslims.

                    His party has a colourful history. "Bandit Queen" Phoolan Devi, an outlaw who rampaged through Uttar Pradesh in the 1980s, joined the Samajwadi Party and was elected to parliament before she was gunned down.

                    But to many, the Samajwadi Party had become a tired brand that jarred with India's rise as a tech-savvy, English-speaking, emerging economic giant. It used to campaign against computers on the grounds that they destroyed jobs, and against teaching English in schools.

                    Akhilesh Yadav appears to have changed that. Although born in Uttar Pradesh, Yadav finished his education in Sydney, Australia, and speaks fluent English, although he is still careful to answer media questions in Hindi.
                    In cricket-mad India, he loves football and supports the English club Manchester United.

                    In the run-up to the 2012 campaign, he admitted to mistakes the party had made in the past and commissioned a series of surveys on how the party was viewed in the state.

                    "Akhilesh Yadav was the poster boy for the Samajwadi Party in this campaign and he was the face that helped people to put behind them the unpleasant memories they had of the previous SP rule," said Siddharth Varadarajan, editor of the Hindu newspaper.

                    Instead of attacking technology, he promised free laptops to students. The party now has its own Facebook page.

                    At 38, Yadav is three years younger than Gandhi. He has been a member of the national parliament since 2000.

                    Based on this result he does seem the more politically astute of the two. But Yadav does not necessarily see it that way.

                    After the results, he said of Gandhi: "Politics is like that. We lost last time but won this time. We may lose again. Similarly Rahul lost this time but may win tomorrow."



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