Meet the largest political family in India

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 16, 2015 19:27 hrs

Not far away from the electoral battle zone Bihar, the footprint of a family in the political realm of Uttar Pradesh has been fast expanding.

In a first, the Yadav parivar in India's most populous state has acquired the distinction of fielding the highest number of individuals from a single family.

Going by the numbers, Samajwadi Party's Mulayam Singh Yadav now presides over the largest political family in a single party.

Steaming with confidence, five members (all of them young), have joined politics this month to take the Mulayam parivar's grand political total to 18.

To start with, all of these debutants have sharpened their lessons in rajneeti by taking part in the recent panchayat body elections in Uttar Pradesh.

For the family, the political apple cart remains to be the state's Etawah belt, located at the Yamuna-Chambal sangam.

In the 2014 parliamentary elections, the BJP, despite securing a vast majority by bagging over 70 MP seats from the total 80 in Uttar Pradesh, had not been able to break the Yadavs' Etawah fortress.

This in itself is proving out to be the key attraction to the family's starters.

Among them, Mulayam's nephew Anshul Yadav, 28, has decided that his MBA degree is best put to use in politics.

"The opposition accuses us of family-dominated politics, but the people of Etawah will give them a fitting answer in the upcoming elections," Anshul who contested the Panchayat elections from Safai said NDTV. Anshul's mother, Premlata Yadav, is the president of the Etawah district panchayat.

Five Samajwadi Party candidates were elected to the Lok Sabha, including Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is the first politician in the Yadav family.

The other parliamentarians from the family are Mulayam's daughter-in-law Dimple, nephews Akshay Yadav and Dharmendra Yadav and grandson Tej Pratap Yadav, who is married to the daughter of Bihar politician Lalu Prasad Yadav of the Rashtriya Janata Dal.

Mulayam's cousin Ram Gopal Yadav and brother Shivpal Yadav are prominent leaders of the Samajwadi Party.

Looks like Mulayam broke ranks with the Bihar Mahagatbandhan to built the more prospective Mahagatbandhan within the family!

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