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Akhilesh Yadav is next CM of Uttar Pradesh

BS Reporter/PTI  |  Mumbai 

I / Mumbai March 10, 2012, 11:55 IST

Samajwadi Party today announced that the party members had decided that Akhilesh Yadav, party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's son, will become the next Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

Akhilesh Yadav's name was proposed in meeting of newly-elected legislators and MPs by senior SP leader Mohammad Azam Khan, according to sources of the PTI.

Yadav, the Chief Minister elect of Uttar Pradesh will swear-in on March 15.

Yadav at 38, whose name has been formally announced for the state's crown, is set to become the youngest Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

With his father said to be not in the best of health, Akhilesh took on the role of the party's chief campaigner and gave it a new dynamism talking of development and eschewing personal attacks against rivals.

SP was the clear winner with 224 seats in the 403-member UP house on March 6, after which there had been uncertainty on the decision of who will be the Chief Minister.

One of the important accomplishments of his was that he played a leading role in shedding SP's image of being anti-English and anti-computers and also in denying tickets to candidates with criminal antecedents.

Akhilesh Yadav, was first elected to the Lok Sabha from Kannauj in a by-election in 2000 and has won three Lok Sabha elections since then.

Amid speculation on the state's Chief Minister to be decided between father and son -- Mulayam Singh Yadav and son Akhilesh Yadav -- doing rounds since the victory of the SP in the just concluded Assembly elections, the son has been chosen to take the chair.

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2012. 11:55 IST