Today, all eyes are on the UP Assembly elections results. Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in the country will soon know the results of the assembly polls. Dimple Yadav, the wife of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has been a star campaigner for the party. Here is a look at her political career.
Former MP Dimple Yadav, the Samajwadi Party’s (SP) star campaigner, for UP elections. Dimple Yadav scored her first win from the Kannauj Lok Sabha seat in the 2012 by-election. She retained the seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha election, albeit with a slender margin of 20,000 votes against Subrat Pathak of the BJP.
Who Is Dimple Yadav?
– Dimple Yadav was born in Pune, Maharashtra, in 1978. She received her education in Pune, Bathinda and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, as well as at Army Public School, Lucknow. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Lucknow University.
– When she was a student, she met Akhilesh Yadav. They married on November 24, 1999, when she was 21 years old. They have two girls and a boy together.
– In 2009, Yadav stood in a by-election for the Lok Sabha constituency of Firozabad but lost to actor-turned-politician Raj Babbar.
– In 2012, she was elected unopposed to the Lok Sabha from the Kannauj constituency, when her husband sparked a by-election by quitting the seat to join the Uttar Pradesh legislative council.
– Two candidates, Dashrath Singh Shankwar (Samyukt Samajwadi Dal) and Sanju Katiyar (Independent), withdrew their candidacy, resulting in this predicament. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indian National Congress (INC) had both declined to nominate candidates for the by-election, though the BJP later stated that their candidate had missed his train and thus was unable to file his nomination in time.
– She was the first woman elected unopposed in a Lok Sabha by-election in Uttar Pradesh, and the second person in the state following Purshottam Das Tandon’s election from Allahabad West in 1952.
– In the Lok Sabha elections, she stood as a joint candidate of the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party, but was defeated by the BJP’s Subrat Pathak by over 10,000 votes.
All 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh’s 75 districts have been voted on and the results are underway. Early election results are in favour of BJP.
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