Mulayam Singh Yadav (born 22 November 1939) is an Indian politician from Uttar Pradesh. He was Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh three times from 1989 to 1991, 1993 to 1995, and 2003 to 2007. He also served as Minister of Defense from June 1996 to March 1998 in the United Front government.
Mulayam Singh Yadav was born to Moorti Devi and Sughar Singh on 22 November 1939 in the village Saifai of Etawah district of Uttar Pradesh in India. His father wanted the son to be a wrestler and his political guru, Natthu Singh, spotted him in a wrestling match at Mainpuri. Impressed by his muscle power Mulayam was rewarded the political pocket of Jaswantnagar by Singh.
Yadav first became a state minister in 1977, Later in 1980, he became the president of the Lok Dal (People's Party) in Uttar Pradesh which became a part of the Janata Dal (People's Party) afterward. In 1982, he was elected leader of the opposition in the Uttar Pradesh legislative council. He holds a M.A. from Agra University and B.T. from Jain Inter College, Karhal (Mainpuri).
He was groomed by Indian socialist leaders like Raj Narain and Ram Manohar Lohia in his political journey. An ardent follower of Raj Narain who had defeated Indira Gandhi in the election petition of 1975 and came in lime light of Lok Sabha elections in 1977 from Raibareli constituency. He was very close to Ram Manohar Lohia, Raj Narain and Chaudhary Charan Singh.
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