Mulayam's move to fight from his traditional Mainpuri seat and Muslims-dominating Azamgarh seat was also seen as an attempt to cash-in on Yadavs-Muslims votes, that would furhter strengthen party's chances of retaining power.
Interestingly, it may be recalled that Mulayam applied the same strategy in 1999 when he contested from two seats- Mainpuri and Kannauj and later vacated Kannauj seat to make the political way for his elder son Akhilesh Yadav.
The witty-politician Mulayam seems to be repeating the history as many party insiders feel that Akhilesh's "lessor-known" half brother, Prateek Yadav should also make his debut in politics now.
Very few are aware about the fact that Mulayam had tow wives. His first wife, Malti Devi (Akhilesh's mother) passed away in 2003 and second wife Sadhana Gupta is mother of Prateek Yadav.
The three-time chief minister of UP, 73-year-old Mulayam seems to be in the mode of carrying his political legacy steps further by launching 26-year-old Prateek's political career.
According to a TOI report, Prateek wants to debut in politics with this year's general elections.
So, Mulayam may desert his Azamgarh seat for Prateek like he vacated Kannauj seat for Akhilesh in 1999.
In 2007, Mulayam Singh Ydav reveled to the world that he has a second wife and another son in the Supreme Court during his disproportionate assets case.
Prateek got married with Aparna Bisht in 2011.