Former UP CM and Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav passes away at the age of 82


Guwahati: Samajwadi Party founder and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav passed away on October 10, 2022 at Medanta Hospital, Gurugram, his son and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said. Mulayam Singh Yadav was 82-years old.

Mulayam Singh Yadav was undergoing treatment at the Medanta Hospital since August 22 and was shifted to the ICU on October 2.

Yadav was critical and on lifesaving drugs in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Medanta hospital in Gurugram. “Mulayam Singh Yadav ji’s condition is quite critical today and he is on life saving drugs. He is being treated in the ICU of Medanta Hospital, Gurugram, by a comprehensive team of specialists,” the hospital said in a health bulletin on Sunday.

Mulayam was under treatment at the hospital since August 22 and was shifted to the ICU on October 2.

Mulayam was long considered a key figure in Opposition politics, but ill health forced him out of the limelight on the national stage for the last few years.

Popularly referred to as “Netaji” by Samajwadi Party supporters, Mulayam had also served as the defence minister.

The former wrestler hit the headlines in UP politics in the late 1980s and early 1990s when protests and agitations over the Mandal Commission, set up to identify the socially or educationally backward classes in India, were at their peak.

Later, Mulayam established a reputation for partnering not just with his friends, but also his rivals, his association with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati for a short-lived alliance government in UP being a clear case in point.

Along with emerging as a major political force in UP, Mulayam’s brush with power at the centre was eventful. In 1996, he became the Defence Minister in the United Front government.

 Later, in 1999, after the fall of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government at the Centre, he decided not to back Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, though he had initially assured her of his party’s support.