By 2010, political acumen began to set in and Akhilesh Yadav started asserting himself in party matters and began infusing young blood into the party structure. With his own young staff advising him on day to day issues, Akhilesh Yadav "churned the party mindset" and began breaking the traditional style of party functioning. Soon Blackberrys and smart phones rolled into the party office. He would move around the state, an i-Pad in tow, with an exhaustive database of the state and the assembly constituencies being flipped over and deliberated upon. A passout of Dholpur Military School, Rajasthan, Akhilesh was soon on his own and was networking with ground level workers of the party and making a serious effort to woo the young voter.
Image: Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party leader and son of the party President Mulayam Singh Yadav, attends a press conference in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, on Tuesday, March 6, 2012.