New Delhi: Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday visited the Election Commission (EC) office in New Delhi, to stake claim to party’s poll symbol ‘cycle’ as the factional feud with son Akhilesh reaches the boiling point.
According to reports, Mulayam loyalists Shivpal Yadav and Amar Singh also visited the EC office along with the ‘Netaji.’
The camp of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday had submitted an affidavit claiming the majority support of party leaders and making it a ground for possessing the ‘cycle’ symbol.
Ramgopal, one of Mulayam’s siblings, who leads the Akhilesh camp, had said that the relevant documents, brought in “seven cartons with more than 1.5 lakh pages”, were submitted to the poll panel.
The Election Commission had given both sides time till January 9 to submit proof of their legislative support.
The Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases between 11 February and 8 March.
On Sunday, Mulayam asserted that he was still the Samajwadi Party (SP) chief, while Akhilesh would remain the UP Chief Minister.
He also questioned the legality of the convention called by the Akhilesh camp which had declared Akhilesh the new party chief, replacing the father.
“I am the national president of Samajwadi Party and Akhilesh Yadav is (only) the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. Shivpal Yadav is still the president of Samajwadi Party’s Uttar Pradesh unit,” Mulayam had said.