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Dimple starts to come of age

She’s playing greater role in state affairs. Akhilesh takes her advice.

OUR CORRESPONDENT  Lucknow | 18th May 2013

Dimple Yadav

his petite and demure lady is finally coming of age. Till recently, known as the docile daughter-in-law of Mulayam Singh Yadav and the pretty wife of Akhilesh Yadav, Dimple Yadav is finally raising her head and asserting her opinion — at least, behind closed doors in Lucknow.

According to highly placed sources, Dimple Yadav is playing a greater role in state affairs and husband Akhilesh Yadav takes her advice in every crucial matter. Sources insist that Dimple Yadav is being groomed for a more visible role in state politics — she could do a Rabri Devi act if the CBI closes in on Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav in the disproportionate assets case.

"The Chief Minister discusses all important issues with her and her advice is the last word for him. She is his sounding board and his band of friends who had surrounded him in the earlier days, are now moving out," said an aide of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

If sources are to be believed, Dimple has been closely observing UP politics for the past one year and has been taking feedback on the performance of some officers from her own sources. Though Dimple remains unavailable to politicians, officials and the media, she keeps a close watch on the developments, rather lack of it, in the government.

She manages her husband's accounts on Facebook and Twitter and uses her own accounts on social networking sites to spread awareness about the decisions taken in public interest by the party and government.

"Dimple posts on social networking sites with amazing regularity and though she does not respond to messages, she keeps people informed of latest developments in her party and government. She even gives out information like telephone numbers of officials in a district. We do wish that she responds to our queries but probably she wants to avoid controversies," says a businesswoman who is on Dimple's friends' list.

A close relative of Dimple, who did not wish to be named, admitted that Dimple was "politically mature" and though she does not discuss political issues with other relatives in the family, she keeps Akhilesh informed of her views.

"It is her respect for elders that prevents her from openly discussing issues with us, but we do know that she has firm views on several issues and can give valid arguments to support her views. Given a chance, she will prove to be better than most politicians from the Yadav clan," the relative added.

Dimple, interestingly, has been avoiding making her presence felt on the dais in party functions. Apart from a fleeting appearance on the dais during distribution of laptops in Lucknow, she has confined herself to attending women's functions and school events.

It is apparent that the first lady of UP politics does not wish to ruffle feathers at this stage — she knows that Yadavs do not like their women occupying the centre stage — but she is also sending out a clear message that she will not play the role of a doormat in politics. She has been regularly attending Parliament session, talks animatedly with women colleagues in the Central Hall and remains in touch with her political friends even when the session is not on.

Samajwadi Party workers, particularly the youth, are waiting with bated breath for "Bhabiji" to come out in the open, though some are wary of their own positions, when and if she does come out in the open.

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