Lucknow : Mulayam Singh Yadav was the flag-bearer of the socialist ideology of Ram Manohar Lohia who would vehemently oppose dynastic politics, but he ended up leading the largest political dynasty not only in Uttar Pradesh but possibly the entire country. With the departure of the patriarch, the Yadav clan now braces for life without him.
Mulayam was the eldest in the family who was in politics. This helped him a great deal to play the father – figure in the Yadav clan who was opposed by none. He was the anchor of the dynasty that kept the ship from rocking even in the most turbulent times. He also took the utmost care to see that every family in the clan was represented politically, one way or the other.
Mulayam’s elder son, Akhilesh Yadav, inherited the political legacy and is heading the Samajwadi Party. Having stepped into politics in 2000 when he contested the Lok Sabha elections from Kannauj and reached parliament, the three-time MP’s present stint as leader of the opposition in the state assembly is also his maiden tenure as an MLA in the Uttar Pradesh assembly.
Mulayam’s younger son. Prateek, born to the patriarch’s second wife Sadhna Gupta, owns a chain of fitness centers. In Saifai, locals believe that Prateek has inherited their father Mulayam’s traits as a wrestler in his younger days. Sadhna, incidentally, passed away three months ago while being treated at the same Gur gaon hospital where Mulayam breathed his last.
Although Mulayam’s association with Gupta started around the late 90s, he didn’t make the relations public till 2003, after his first wife Malti Devi, Akhilesh’s Akhilesh’s mother, passed away and he took over as the CM for the third time.