Mulayam Singh Yadav: Life, controversies, legacy

Mulayam Singh Yadav, a 3-time UP Chief Minister, passed away on October 10 at 82 leaving behind a strong political legacy

Born in UP’s Saifai village, he was not just known for being good at studies but also at wrestling

He started his professional career as a teacher at Jain Inter College and continued to take part in wrestling matches

In early 1960s, Socialist Party MLA Nathu Singh spotted him doing wrestling and was impressed by his skills and resilience

Nathu Singh picked Mulayam as his protege in politics and fielded him as Sanyukta Socialist Party candidate in state assembly elections

From being a socialist worker, Mulayam rose through the ranks and went on to become an MLA and later became UP’s Chief Minister thrice

But the life of the Samajwadi Party founder was full of highs and lows

SCANDAL (1995)

A group of Samajwadi Party workers attacked a guest house where Mayawati was holding a party meeting. She was allegedly abused and beaten up

SEVAKS (1990)

On the orders of Mulayam Singh Yadav, police fired bullets at a gathering of ‘kar sevaks’ at Ram Temple in Ayodhya leading to the death of multiple workers


Just before the state elections, Yadav spoke against capital punishment for rape as he said, “ladke ladke hain, galti ho jati hai”


While objecting to ‘Women's Reservation Bill’. He said, “Bade ghar ki ladkiyan aur mahilaaon ko fayda milega. Humari gaon ki gareeb mahilaaon ko nahin. Akarshak nahi hoti’’


Mulayam Singh Yadav’s convoy was attacked by motorbike-borne assailants leading to the death of a primary school teacher, who was sitting right next to him. 9 bullet marks were left on his car

Mulayam narrowly missed becoming the PM twice in 1996, backed by United Front and in 1999, backed by Samajwadi Party

Both times, Lalu Prasad Yadav and Sharad Yadav refused to back him as a PM candidate

Mulayam Singh Yadav is survived by his two sons Akhilesh Yadav and Prateek Yadav, as he leaves behind over 4 decades of a strong political legacy

Produced by: Bhoomika Aggarwal
Designed by: Mohsin Shaikh

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