Akhilesh Yadav is an Indian politician, the youngest Chief Minister of the state of Uttar Pradesh and a member of the Samajwadi Party. He was appointed Chief Minister in 2012, at which time he was the youngest person to have assumed that office.
Akhilesh Yadav was born to Mulayam Singh Yadav and Malti Devi on 1 July 1973 in Saifai village, Etawah district, Uttar Pradesh. He studied at Dholpur Military School in Dholpur, Rajasthan and subsequently was awarded a degree in environmental engineering while studying in Mysore. He went to Australia to study for a master's degree in the same subject. Akhilesh gives credit to Janeshwar Mishra who initiated him to join politics.
Akhilesh Yadav was elected to the Lok Sabha from Kannauj in a by-election of 2000 and retained his seat in the 2004 and 2009 general elections. He was credited for assisting the party's rise from having 97 seats in the 2007 Vidhan Sabha to a total of 224 and was subsequently elected the 20th Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh by the party's MLAs. He was at that time the youngest person to have held that office, being 38 years old.