With 11 elected members, SP is largest political family in country

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Jan 13, 2016 23:50 IST
Samajwadi Party leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Dharmendra Yadav and Neeraj Shekhar at Parliament House on the opening day of Budget session, in New Delhi. PTI Photo by Kamal Singh (PTI File)

When it comes to dynasty politics, Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party wins hands down.

The newest members from the Yadav clan who made their debut in the political arena are Mulayam’s nephew Abhishek Yadav alias Anshul, niece Sandhya Yadav and another relative, Vandana Yadav. While Abhishek has been elected as chairman of the Etawah Zila Panchayat body, Yadav’s niece Sandhya and Vandana Yadav have been elected as chairpersons of the Mainpuri Zila Panchayat and Hamirpur Zila Panchayat respectively.

With this, the total number of elected representatives from the Yadav parivaar has gone up to 11.

With three generations of the Yadav clan well-trenched in politics, the family tree can get quite confusing. Chew on this: Abhishek Yadav is the son of Mulayam’s brother Abhay Ram Yadav while Sandhya is the party supremo’s niece and sister of Badaun MP Dharmendra Yadav. The third member to enter politics is Vandana Yadav, the sister-in-law of Badaun MP Dharmendra Yadav.

While Mulayam himself is an MP from Azamgarh, his son Akhilesh Yadav is an MLC and the chief minister. Akhilesh’s wife Dimple is a two-time Lok Sabha MP from Kannauj.

But nowhere is the family’s sway more pronounced than in Parliament. The SP has five MPs in the Lok Sabha. While the party patriarch, Mulayam, is the Lok Sabha MP from Azamgarh, the next generation of the dynasty is represented in the lower House by his nephew Dharmendra Yadav and daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav. The youngest member of the family Tej Pratap Yadav is an MP from Mainpuri. Akshay Yadav, the son of Mulayam’s cousin Ram Gopal, is an MP from Firozabad.

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