Mulayam Singh Yadav is a prominent Indian politician. He is the founder and Chairman of the Samajwadi Party (SP). He is a former Union Minister and has also served as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for 3 terms.
Mulayam Singh Yadav was born on 22 November 1939 (age 79 years; as in 2018) in Saifai, Etawah District, Uttar Pradesh. His zodiac sign is Scorpio. He pursued his B.A., B.T., and M.A. in political science from the Karm Kshetra Post Graduate College in Etawah (UP), Adarsh Krishna (PG) College in Shikohabad (UP), and Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar University in Agra, Uttar Pradesh respectively. After completing college education, he started working as a lecturer in Karhal, Uttar Pradesh. Mulayam Singh Yadav is also known for his love for wrestling.
Height: 5′ 3″ (Approx.)
Weight: 75 kg (approx.)
Eye Colour: Brown
Hair Colour: White
Family, Wife & Caste
Mulayam Singh Yadav belongs to the Other Backward Class (OBC). He was born in a poor peasant’s family. He was born to Sughar Singh and Murti Devi. He has a sister, Kamla Devi Yadav (Younger; Homemaker). He has four brothers, Shivpal Singh Yadav (Younger; Politician), Ratan Singh Yadav (Elder; deceased), Abhay Ram Yadav (Elder; farmer), and Rajpal Singh Yadav (Younger; Former Government Employee). His cousin, Ram Gopal Yadav, is a politician.
Mulayam Singh Yadav has been married twice. His first marriage was with Malti Devi. While giving birth to Akhilesh Yadav in 1973, Malti went into a vegetative state; due to some complications. She passed away in 2003. Mulayam Singh Yadav had a relationship with Sadhana Gupta in the 1980s, while he was married to Malti Devi. Mulayam and Sadhana had a son, Prateek Yadav (Businessman), in 1988. Many people were not aware of Sadhana Gupta until February 2007; as Mulayam had to admit to the relationship in the Supreme Court of India. Akhilesh is married to Dimple Yadav (Politician), and Prateek is married to Aparna Yadav (Politician).
Mulayam Singh Yadav was influenced by the principles and ideologies of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia. He has been involved in politics since the age of 15, and he got to meet people such as Janeshwar Mishra, Ram Sewak Yadav, Karpoori Thakur, and many more. In 1962, Mulayam was the President of the Students’ Union in A.K. College, Shikohabad, Uttar Pradesh. Mulayam joined active politics in 1960. In 1967, he was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Uttar Pradesh. He served as an MLA for 8 terms. In 1977, he became a State Minister for the first time. He was appointed as the President of the Lok Dal in 1980.
In 1982, Yadav was appointed as the Leader of Opposition, in the UP Legislative Council. He served on this post till 1985. The Janata Dal split in 1985. Mulayam Singh Yadav, along with Chandra Shekhar and the CPI, launched the Krantikari Morcha. Mulayam became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in 1989, for the first time. In November 1990, the V. P. Singh Government collapsed. Yadav joined Chandra Shekhar’s Janata Dal (Socialist), and he continued as the UP Chief Minister, with the support of the Congress and the Janata Dal. In April 1991, Congress withdrew their support. The UP Assembly elections were held in June 1991, and Mulayam lost to the BJP.
In 1992, Yadav formed his party, the Samajwadi Party (SP). He contested the 1993 Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections with an alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The SP-BSP alliance won the election. Mulayam Singh Yadav was appointed as the Chief Minister of UP for a second term. He was backed by Congress and the Janata Dal. He served as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh until June 1998, when his partners opted out of the alliance.
In 1996, Yadav contested and won the Lok Sabha Elections from the Mainpuri Constituency of Uttar Pradesh. He was appointed as the Union Defence Minister in the United Front Coalition Government. The government collapsed again, and in 1998, Yadav was elected as an MP from the Sambhal Lok Sabha Constituency of Uttar Pradesh. In 1999, after Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Government collapsed, Yadav contested the General Elections again. He contested from the Sambhal and Kannauj Constituency of Uttar Pradesh and won from both the seats. He resigned from the Kannauj seat for his son, Akhilesh Yadav; who then contested from the Kannauj Lok Sabha Constituency in the by-elections.
In 2003, in the UP Assembly Elections, the Samajwadi Party came back to power, and Mulayam Singh Yadav was elected as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. In 2007, when the Bahujan Samaj Party came to power, Mayawati became the Chief Minister and Mulayam was elected as the Leader of Opposition. The Samajwadi Party came back to power again, but Mulayam stepped aside for his son, Akhilesh Yadav, to become the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
He contested the General Elections in 2014 from the Azamgarh and the Mainpuri Lok Sabha Constituency of Uttar Pradesh. He won from both the seats, and he vacated the Mainpuri seat and chose to be an MP from Azamgarh. In 2019, he contested the General Elections again from the Mainpuri Lok Sabha Constituency, and he retained his seat. He is currently an MP from the Mainpuri Lok Sabha Constituency.
- After the 2012 Delhi Rape Case, India was demanding capital punishment for the accused. During a rally, Mulayam Singh gave a statement which drew harsh reactions and criticisms from around the world. He stated-
Ladke, ladke hain… Galti ho jati hai (Boys will be boys… they commit mistakes).
- In 2014, after the Badaun rape case, Mulayam stated that rapes happen all over India, but the media only showcases the ones which happen in UP unnecessarily. Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon criticized this statement and said-
We say no to the dismissive, destructive attitude of “Boys will be boys”. Together, we can empower more people to understand that violence against women degrades us all.
- Mulayam Singh Yadav was slapped with a disproportionate assets case by the CBI in 2007. The CBI claimed that Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son’s income grew by 100 Crores INR since 1997. A case was registered against Mulayam, his sons, Akhilesh and Prateek, and his daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav. Dimple’s name was later removed from the charge sheet as she had not held any public office and she was not in contempt. On 21 May 2019, the CBI cleared Mulayam Singh Yadav and his family of all charges; as there was no evidence against them.
5, Vikramaditya Marg, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Assets & Properties
Cash: 16.70 Lacs INR
Bank Deposits: 9.69 Lacs INR
Agricultural Lands: 11 plots worth 7.89 Crores INR
Non-Agricultural Land: Worth 22.50 Lacs INR in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh
Residential Building: Worth 6.12 Crores INR in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh
Other Buildings: Joint family home worth 3.40 Lacs INR in Saifai, Uttar Pradesh
Net Worth & Salary
Salary: 1 Lac INR + Additional allowances (as a Member of Parliament)
Net Worth: 20.56 Crores INR (as in 2019)
- Mulayam Singh Yadav is a professionally trained wrestler.
- His family was financially very weak. Whenever he had to go somewhere outside his village, he had to borrow a cycle from someone; as his family could not afford one.
- In 1992, he founded the Samajwadi Party; as he was tired of shifting from one party to another and relying on other parties for support.
- When he became the Chief Minister of UP for the first time, he had to give up his post within 3 years; due to the demolition of the Babri Masjid. He was called as “Mulla Mulayam”; as he favoured Muslims. He resigned stating that he was upset about the demolition. At the time of the demolition, Mulayam ordered the security forces to shoot anyone trying to demolish the mosque.