A veteran politician, Mulayam is a post graduate in Arts from Agra University. He entered electoral politics in the 1960s and won his first election in 1967 to become an MLA in UP Assembly. He won UP Assembly elections in 1974, 1977, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1996, 2004 and 2007. He became UP chief minister for the first time in 1989 and continued till 1991 and then founded the Samajwadi Party in 1992. He got a second chance as UP chief minister from 1993-95 and also held the post from 2003 to 2007. He won his first Lok Sabha elections in 1996 and became the Union Defence Minister. He was re-elected to the Lok Sabha in 1998, 1999 and 2004 but did not resign as Uttar Pradesh chief minister.
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