‘Neta’ ji is no more! The Veteran Politician breathed his last at 82

The Samajwadi Party patriarch dies this morning. Mulayam Singh Yadav was eighty two years old being a UP politics stalwart with a  three-time UP Chief Minister fame.

Being considered a key component in the state opposition politics was succumbed to his ill-health in the hospital today.

Not being in good health was the prime reason  which compelled him out of the limelight on the national political arena for almost a decade now.

Popularly referred to as “Netaji” in Samajwadi Party, Mulayam Yadav was also one time Defense Minister of India.

Originally a wrestler he arrived in the dais of Uttar Pradesh politics in the late 1980s. Then during the early 1990s when country witnessed protests and agitations over the Mandal Commission his name was among the top happening leaders in media.

Partnering with his friends then Mulayam Yadav established an impressive reputation in Uttar Pradesh. His main political rivals also respected him equally. A short time association with Mayawati, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader tried to lead the state government for quite some time.

He was politically as well as socially criticised for ordering open shoot out on Ram Bhakts in 1990 as the Chief Minister of UP. Then as the Defence Minister as a part of the United Front government in 1996 he used to be called the Iron Man of UP.

During the fall of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 1999 he stopped backing Congress government supporting Sonia Gandhi.

As one of the most powerful and dynamic statesmen in UP politics, he has left the imprints of his social acceptance in the political deck of the state. This is the reason why his family remains relevant and they maintain a strong presence in the state politics.

Belonging to a simple peasant family, Mulayam Yadav is known to be a self-made man rising from the post of a small town teacher he reached to the top of the power in Uttar Pradesh. In the politics of the state as well as in the politics of the country, Mulayam’s name was a prominent identity in both cases.