With the Uttar Pradesh elections hovering above their heads, the disputing factions of the Samajwadi Party are to approach the Election Commission on Friday over the decision of who ends up with the party symbol. According to reports, the Election Commission is to hear the claims of both the sides over the party symbol; the cycle. Candidates from both, Mulayam and Akhilesh camps cannot fight the election on ‘cycle’ symbol at the same time, therefore, the EC will have to take a call on the issue before the filing of nominations begins. The Samajwadi Party in-fight refuses to subside, as the current stalemate between Akhilesh and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav over the post of the party president, failed to reach a conclusion. According to ANI report, Mulayam told Akhilesh to step down from the post saying that he would remain to be the party’s face for Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. But, Akhilesh refused the offer saying that he would pass on the baton once the elections are over. It has been learned that the meeting is likely to take place again to discuss the same.
05: 45 PM: Amid the ongoing feud within the party, Samajwadi Party leader Ashok Pradhan has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party at the party headquarter, reported ANI.
05: 25 PM: The Election Commission has reserved the order on Samajwadi Party symbol. The panel will decide on which group will get the party symbol in three days.
05: 05PM: Speaking to ANI, SP leader Naresh Chandra Agrawal informed that arguments are underway in the Election Commission meeting. He also said “Mulayam ji’s lawyer is arguing right now…Akhilesh’s lawyer to speak thereafter.”
3: 40 PM: During the hearing in Election Commission on Samajwadi Party’s case, party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav has told EC, “I am margdarshak, not chief.” Downplaying the entire SP feud, Singh also said that these issues are party’s internal matter.
02: 55 PM: Mulayam Singh Yadav reaches Election Commission for the hearing on SP’s case which will resume shortly, reported ANI.
02: 08 PM: As per ANI, the hearing in Election Commission on Samajwadi Party’s case has been adjourned for lunch. The discussion will resume at 3 PM.
02: 01 PM: Meanwhile the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak told ANI the tussle in Samajwadi Party indicates that the ruling party in UP is in total confusion at the moment. “It is purely a political drama. This is a sign that the party (SP) is in total disarray and they talk about giving a fight to the BJP. There was lot of corruption and now the Samajwadi Party family is seen fighting for power,” he said.
01:40 PM: Even UP’s citizens want Akhilesh to become CM again: Rajendra Chaudhary, SP
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01:39 PM: Akhilesh Yadav’s supporters including Ramgopal Yadav, Kiranmoy Nanda and Naresh Agarwal also arrive at Election Commission office.
01:38 PM: Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav arrive at Election Commission office.