|Pune, Maharashtra, India
Dimple Yadav (born 15 January 1978) is an Indian politician. Dimple has served as Lok Sabha MP twice from Kannauj as a Samajwadi Party candidate. She is the wife of Samajwadi Party president and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav.
Dimple is the daughter-in-law of Mulayam Singh Yadav, former Defence Minister of India, former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, and founder-patron of the Samajwadi Party.
Dimple Yadav Biography
|Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
8 August 2012 – 23 May 2019
|15 January 1978
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Akhilesh Yadav (m. 1999)
|Saifai village, Etawah, Uttar Pradesh
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Early life and education
Dimple Yadav was born on 15 January 1978 in Pune, Maharashtra. She is the second of three daughters of retired Indian Army Col. Ram Chandra Singh Rawat and Champa Rawat. Her family is originally from Uttarakhand. She was educated in Pune, Bathinda and Andaman and Nicobar island and Army Public School, Nehru road, Lucknow. She graduated in commerce from Lucknow University.
Dimple Rawat met Akhilesh Yadav when she was a student. Originally Akhilesh’s family was opposed to their marriage, but they agreed after Akhilesh’s grandmother Murti Devi approved. The pair got married on 24 November 1999 when she was aged 21. Guests at her wedding included movie stars, Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna. The couple has two daughters Tina and Aditi and a son Arjun.
Yadav unsuccessfully contested the by-election for the Lok Sabha constituency of Firozabad in 2009 against actor-turned-politician Raj Babbar. The by-election was caused by her husband winning a seat in the May 2009 general elections both in this constituency as well as in Kannauj and taking up his seat from there. She was elected unopposed from the Kannauj constituency to the Lok Sabha in 2012 after her husband caused another by-election by vacating the seat to enter the Uttar Pradesh legislative council.
Dimple became the 44th person in the country and only the fourth in Uttar Pradesh since the independence of India to be elected unopposed. This situation arose when two candidates, Dashrath Singh Shankwar (Samyukt Samajwadi Dal) and Sanju Katiyar (Independent), withdrew their nominations. Bharatiya Janata Party and Indian National Congress had not nominated any candidates for the by-election; though the BJP clarified later that their candidate missed his train so he failed to reach in time to file his nomination.
This made her the first woman from Uttar Pradesh to be elected unopposed in a Lok Sabha by-election, and the second person after Purshottam Das Tandon’s election from Allahabad West in 1952. She became the only woman MP whose husband was Chief Minister, and also one whose father-in-law was also a member of the same House.
Dimple retained the Kannauj Lok Sabha’s seat in the 2014 Indian general election. She contested as a joint candidate of the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party in the 2019 Indian general election from Kannauj but lost to BJP’s Subrat Pathak with a margin of more than 10,000 votes.
Dimple Yadav has been elected 2 times as Lok Sabha MP.
|MP (1st term) in 15th Lok Sabha from Kannauj (by-poll)
|MP (2nd term) in 16th Lok Sabha from Kannauj