Mulayam Singh Yadav is an Indian politician who headed the Samajwadi Party from Uttar Pradesh. He served as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh from 1989 to 1991, 1993 to 1995, and 2003 to 2007, and as the Minister of Defence of India from 1996 to 1998 in the United Front government. He currently serves in the Lok Sabha representing Azamgarh.
Mulayam Singh Yadav was born to Murti Devi Yadav and Sughar Singh Yadav on 21 November 1939 in Saifai village, Etawah district, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Yadav has three degrees—B.A., B.T. and M.A. in political science from Karm Kshetra Post Graduate College in Etawah, A. K. College in Shikohabad, and B. R. College, Agra University respectively.
Mulayam Singh Yadav married twice. His first wife Malti Devi died in May 2003. Their son, Akhilesh Yadav (born 1973), was Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh from 2012 to 2017. Yadav's second wife is Sadhna Gupta Yadav. Sadhna was not well-known until February 2007, when the relationship was admitted in India's Supreme Court. Sadhna and Mulayam have a son named Prateek Yadav (born 1988). Prateek manages land holdings of the Yadav family.