His political career hit a trough when Dimple, his wife of 10 years, was made the party candidate for the Firozabad Lok Sabha seat. She lost to one time party leader and now Congress candidate Raj Babbar. It was then that the party decided to get rid of close Mulayam Singh aide Amar Singh and the Yadav clan, led by Rajya Sabha member Ram Gopal Yadav, decided to throw in their towel. The demand was simple - back to basics, the family and expulsion of Amar Singh. Akhilesh joined the chorus to "ease Amar Uncle" out, and started to drive the political fortunes of his party in the state.
Image: Samajwadi Partys Uttar Pradesh President Akhilesh Yadav at a press conference at the party office in Lucknow on Tuesday. The party is all set to form the next government in the state.