An engineer by training, having studied in Karnataka's University of Mysore, Akhilesh, 39, also had education in Australia.
This background helped him in bringing in new perspectives to the party's policies. The party has promised free laptops for students and computer education, with a focus on educating girls, in the state.
Considered a youth icon with a judicious mix of leadership qualities, he had, during the high voltage poll campaign, raised issues concerning both urban and rural India such as poverty, agriculture, corruption and social evils.
The young Samjawadi Party leader had carried out an intensive campaign for the party in the elections, taking to the street on foot and on cycle.
He reached out to people at the grassroots through road shows across the state and sought to convey a message of being accessible and reachable.
Image: The socialist Samajwadi Party's victory appeared strong enough to allow it to form a government on its own after crucial state elections.