Uttar Pradesh CM Candidates : Mulayam Singh Yadav – strongman of UP politics
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Mulayam Singh Yadav – strongman of UP politics
Known as the strongman of Uttar Pradesh, Mulayam Singh Yadav has had a roller coaster ride in politics. With secularism and social justice as his calling card, Mulayam rose to be the chief minister of India’s most populous state besides holding important portfolios at the Centre.

Born on November 22, 1939 in a peasant family in Etawah district, he is a protégé of the Jai Prakash Narayan movement. It is ironical that Mulayam, who cut his political teeth in the anti-corruption movement of JP, under the guidance of Ram Manohar Lohia, became embroiled in numerous corruption cases in his later years.

Mulayam Singh first became a state minister in 1977 and in 1980 he became the president of the Lok Dal. Later the Lok Dal became a part of the Janata Dal. Mulayam Singh became Chief Minister of the country’s largest state for the first time in 1989.

After the collapse of the VP Singh government at the centre in November 1990, Mulayam Singh Yadav joined Chandra Shekhar`s Janata Dal (Socialist) party and continued as CM with the support of the Congress party. His government fell when the Congress withdrew support to his government in April 1991. In the mid-term polls to UP Assembly which were held in mid 1991, Mulayam lost his chair to the BJP.

He founded the Samajwadi Party on October 7, 1992 and in 1993, he allied with the Bahujan Samaj Party in UP for the Assembly that was held in November. This alliance between the two parties who are bitter rivals today made sure that the saffron party did not come back to power.

Nonetheless this alliance did not win the majority in the 1993 elections. But the SP chief still managed to become the CM with the support of Congress and Janata Dal. He had to step down when BSP supremo Mayawati opted for an alliance with the BJP in June 1995.

The year 1996 saw Mulayam being elected to the Lok Sabha from Mainpuri constituency. In the United Front coalition government that emerged at the Centre, he bagged the coveted defence portfolio. It is often speculated that he was at sniffing distance from being the Prime Minister but another strongman from Bihar, Lalu Prasad Yadav is said to have spoiled his chance.

After the UF government fell, Mulayam once again focused on state politics and became the CM of Uttar Pradesh for the third time in 2003 only to lose power to Mayawati in 2007.

Lot of water has flown down the Gomti since then and Mulayam is battling for survival in 2012 given the poor performance of his party in 2009 Lok Sabha polls.

It remains to be seen whether he will be able to ride the cycle back to Raj Bhavan in Lucknow.
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