Our Netaji as he is respectfully called by party workers – was born in Etawah on November 22, 1939. Netaji, who was greatly influenced by Ram Manohar Lohia, joined the great socialist leader's movement during the 1950s to fight for farmers rights.
Lohia's 'Do or Die' spirit is an inspiration and a guiding force for the Samajwadi Party in its struggle for social upliftment of the poor, backward and socially weaker sections of society.
He first became an MLA in the UP assembly in 1967 and was jailed during the Emergency in 1975. He formed the Samajwadi Party in October, 1992, based on the socialist principles of India's great leader Ram Manohar Lohia. Netaji was appointed India's Defense Minister in 1996 due to his clear thinking on India's emerging role in international politics and great leadership qualities.
A visionary, Netaji held the post of Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh three times, and implemented policies and took action to ensure that the poor and backward sections of society lived in harmony with the rest, and people from all religions, castes and social backgrounds contributed towards growth of the state.
Under Netaji's leadership, the Samajwadi Party has become an umbrella for people belonging to various sections of society in villages and towns. Netaji has strived to make the Samajwadi Party a vehicle for the downtrodden and neglected section of society.