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Dimple Yadav: Breaking Stereotypes in Uttar Pradesh

 

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From Narendra Modi to Raj Babbar, everyone is causing quite a stir in the electoral war zone, Uttar Pradesh. The importance of coming in power, in country’s most populous state is hidden from none. The contesting parties are getting a new face to campaign for them, every single day. On one hand, BJP is giving false hopes to the people, by making PM campaign for them; on the other Mayawati is going around the state, holding rallies. Amidst all of this, we have an extraordinary leader emerging from Samajwadi Party who has shown tremendous strength in the entire process and is giving major competition to the opposition – Dimple Yadav.

Second term MP from Kannauj, Dimple Yadav is known not for just being the first lady of Uttar Pradesh but for her tireless efforts made for women and children of the state; and of course, their security. Her humble and polite image is breaking stereotypes in Indian polity. She has been compared to the super-star Amitabh Bachhan, for she too had a tough time carving a niche for herself, being from a non-political background.

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After her marriage in 1999, to Akhilesh Yadav, the couple were planning their honeymoon when the by-elections were announced. Following which the responsibility of securing the seat from Kannauj was given to Akhilesh Yadav. Dimple helped her husband, decide the campaign route and emerge victorious. In 2009, when Akhilesh was about to give up the Firozabad seat to contest from Kannauj, he advised Dimple to contest from the former. The Yadav family was not in the favour of female family members entering politics, seeing the state’s history but this did not deter her. Her strong value system and devotion to her people could be seen at that time, as it has been demonstrated recently, once again.

Since 2012, Dimple Yadav has been seen accompanying Akhilesh Yadav to events and election campaigns. Amidst, slogans of ‘Vikas ki BChaabhi, Dimple Bhabhi’, which translates to ‘the key to development, Dimple Yadav’, the polite leader had always been seen waving at the crowd but in the recent past she has emerged as a brand which speaks for itself. Mulayam Singh Yadav’s elder daughter-in-law had earned a reputation for staying away from the media and other authorities; but we think she was learning her way through UP politics, first hand.

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We can see her distinctive presence in all of official videos, where she is being depicted as Akhilesh Yadav’s equal. A lot of speculation by the people, has compared the powerful couple to Barack and Michelle Obama. Born into an army background, this dynamic leader has taken up responsibilities as a mother, wife, and national leader in her stride. Not only did Dimple, take care of the household but also helped in reducing the family rift in the family, which made headlines in the recent past.

She has also been accredited for handling the social media activities for the political family. Through Facebook and Twitter, Dimple Yadav helped revamp the party’s image and evoke sympathy for Akhilesh. While the Yadav family fought, Dimple was involved in an aggressive social media campaign where she successfully changed the image of Akhilesh Yadav and helped increase his popularity.

A few snippets from her rallies will show you this strong leader’ persona and fan following:

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Uttar Pradesh is extremely proud of this dynamic female leader who is compassionate, just, and an embodiment of the Samajwadi Party.

 

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