Mulayam Singh Yadav is a famous Indian politician and the founder of the Samajwadi Party. Born in a poor peasant's family on 22nd November 1939, Mulayam Singh Yadav has served as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for three terms (1989 - 1991, 1993 - 1995 and 2003 - 2007). He has also served as the Union Defence Minister of India from 1996 to 1998 under the United Front Government when he was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1996. Currently he represents Azamgarh in the Loksabha.Born to Mr. Sughar Singh and Mrs. Murti Devi in Saifai village, Etawah district, Uttar Pradesh, Mulayam Singh Yadav has been married twice. He married Malti Devi and they had only one son Akhilesh Yadav (born in 1973) who is the current Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. Malti Devi died in 2003. Yadav's second wife is Sadhna Gupta Yadav and they have a son named Prateek Yadav (born in 1988). Mulayam Singh Yadav is considered as one of the key players in the Indian politics and has over the years played a pivotal role in the formation of the government as well as in the opposition. He has gained a B.A, B.T and M.A. degree in the field of Political Science from K.K. college in Etawah, A.K. college in Shikohabad and the B.R. college, Agra University respectively. He joined politics at the early age of 15 after being inspired by the principles and ideologies of socialist Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya. In his political career that began in 1960, Mulayam Singh Yadav was the President of the Student's Union at Etawah Degree College from 1962 to 1963 and was also the President at A.K. College, Shikohabad and K.K. College in Etawah. He was motivated by the works of former Prime Ministers of India which included Mr. V.P. Singh, Chowdhary Charan Singh and Mr. Chandra Shekhar. Mulayam Singh was an active participant of several agitations seeking welfare and protection rights for labourers, farmers, students as well as backward and minority classes. Mulayam Singh Yadav has won several Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections and has been a Lok Sabha member five times. In 1967, he became the MLA for the first time after winning the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. During the emergency regime, he was one of the Opposition leaders and was jailed by the Indira Gandhi Government. He became the Cooperative and Animal Husbandry Minister in Uttar Pradesh in 1977 and became the Lok Dal President in 1980. He was the Lok Dal (B) President in Uttar Pradesh from 1982 to 1985, Janata Dal President in Uttar Pradesh from 1985 to 1987. He was the Member of the Legislative Council in Uttar Pradesh from 1989 to 1991. Mulayam Singh became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for the first time in 1989. He was also the Leader of Opposition in the Lesiglative Council of Uttar Pradesh after the dissolution of his government. In 1992, he formed Samajwadi Party and in 1993 became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for the second time and continued it till 1995. He contested the Lok Sabha elections for the first time in 1996 during the 11th Lok Sabha Elections from Mainpuri constituency and became the Union Minister under the United Front. He was the chairman of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Committee from 1999 to 2000. He was also a member of General Purposes Committee. Mulayam Singh Yadav became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for the third time in 2003 and held the post till May 2007.In 2014, Mulayam Singh Yadav contested for the Lok Sabha elections from two constituencies of Mainpuri and Ghazipur, winning both. He later resigned from the Mainpuri seat. He is currently serving as the Lok Sabha MP representing Azamgarh constituency in the house.