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Akhilesh Yadav (born 1 July 1973) is an Indian politician, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. He is the son of Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav and Malti Devi. He was first elected to the Lok Sabha from Kannauj in a by-election in 2000. He retained his seat in the 2004 and 2009 general elections. He has won three Lok Sabha elections since 2000. He spearheaded the campaign to bring the Samajwadi Party back to power in the 2012 UP Assembly election. His campaigning style introduced modern elements in Samajwadi party's campaigning style. In the 2012 general election he was able to provide the party with a new image. He extensively campaigned across the state holding cycle rallies and public meetings at various locations. His Rath Yatra conducted across the state was highly successful in bringing young voters and people from across all communities into the Samajwadi party's fold.read more