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Akhilesh and Dimple Yadav: Uttar Pradesh’s Power Couple

 

After a bitter family feud, Akhilesh Yadav has emerged as one of the strongest national leaders and is now contesting the Uttar Pradesh Assembly State Elections. The 43-year-old is showing no signs of worries and is battle-ready, drawing strength from wife Dimple Yadav, a Member of Parliament from Kannauj. And vice versa, the state’s first lady has been quite a revelation this election season, emerging from the shadows of doubts, and supporting her husband, out and out.

Akhilesh Yadav is always seen accompanied by Dimple, at events, public appearances, and other inaugural ceremonies. This not just establishes the fact that they play a major role in each other’s life but also that they are a source of inspiration for their ‘better halves’.  In 2012, when they both made their debut in Uttar Pradesh’s political scenario, the sparkling chemistry between the two, was evident. During light evenings, they were seen teasing each other, answering questions for each other, and even discussing regular couple issues as to how they plan to bring up their 3 children.

The elegant Dimple provides a contrast to Akhilesh’s natural charms and at the same time complements him as well. When asked how they get together, Dimple said: “Akhilesh is understanding, I am compromising.” But she did strike a far more assertive cord in her speech. “A woman’s silence must not be considered her weakness. It is a sign of her dignity and power,” she said. “We are mothers. We can run a house as well as a country,” she further asserted. When someone from the audience referred to Dimple as “one of the few women politicians who combined beauty with brains”, Akhilesh pulled her leg with a remark, “didn’t you lose your first election?” This was in 2012 and now, 5 years later she is delivering her own rallies and taking care of the household simultaneously.

It is overwhelming to see the power couple having each other’s back at all times. In the state’s most crucial hour they both can be seen filling gaps for each other. UPCM Akhilesh Yadav, connects to the crowd and she addresses issues pertaining to women with ease and is being adored by the people who are gathering in large numbers at her rallies. The humble CM in a recent interview also accepted the fact that her rallies have been a bigger crowd puller, than his own.

The people of Uttar Pradesh refer to Akhilesh Yadav as ‘bhaiyya ji’ and Dimple has very gracefully been accepted as the bahu of the state and is fondly called ‘bhabhi ji’. The public greets them with slogans like, ‘Bhaiya ka vikas hai, Bhabhi ji ka saath hai’ (Akhilesh Yadav is the reason for development in Uttar Pradesh and Dimple Yadav is his strength). Internal sources say that Dimple has been a voice of reason at a politically volatile time. Throughout troubled times, on personal and professional front, she has stood by her husband. At an interview, he once said, “Who else can you trust or believe in difficult times? Only your wife can stand by you in such a crisis. My luck started shining, after marriage. She is the one who gives me strength to fight all odds.” And when Dimple Yadav was asked if politics excite her, she said, “No, it is not exciting at all. I am here to support my husband.”

The state’s first couple have often been compared to Barack and Michelle Obama who are well-known for their humility and setting relationship goals. Akhilesh and Dimple Yadav refuse to call themselves a ‘power couple’ and collectively say, “We believe in working for the masses.”

This humble, grounded, young, confident, and beautiful couple are definitely the most loved duo of the state.

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