Akhilesh Yadav, the Samajwadi Party's young member of parliament from Kannauj on Tuesday proved he had come of age in Uttar Pradesh's rough and tumble politics, steering his party to a landslide victory in elections to the 403-seat state assembly.
With results showing that the party has won 224 seats on its own in the state, all eyes are on Akhilesh Yadav who was in the forefront fielding the media and articulating the party's views and strategies.
As results started pouring in, there was speculation of Akhilesh becoming chief minister. However, he brushed it aside saying:, "I am not in the race for chief minister's post. The party feels that the responsibility should go to Netaji (his father and party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav)."
Akhilesh's leadership of the party in the most crucial state in Indian politics has only come in for closer scrutiny in the recent months and run-up to the seven-phased elections.
Image: Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party leader and son of the party President Mulayam Singh Yadav, attends a press conference in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on March 6th, 2012.