1. Live blog and updates: EC asks Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam to reply by January 9 over SP poll symbol

Live blog and updates: EC asks Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam to reply by January 9 over SP poll symbol

As per the SP's constitution, the president of the party allots symbols for an election.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: January 5, 2017 10:17 AM
Akhilesh Yadav at the meet. (ANI) Ramgopal claimed that Akhilesh has been elected national president with due process and that his election his completely legal. (ANI)

The high-stakes assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases between February 11 and March 8. Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said the seven-phased UP Assembly polls for 403 constituencies will be held on February 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, March 4 and 8. ” The CEC said candidates will have to open a fresh bank account for all election expenses and all expenses above Rs 20,000 will be made through cheques from their respective accounts. The maximum limit for expenses for each candidates in Uttar Pradesh is Rs 28 lakh, he said. In a dramatic turn of events, the Samajwadi Party split down the middle with the faction headed by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav removing Mulayam as party chief and appointing him in his place at a convention in which the group claimed support of the majority of legislators and district units. Here are the political developments of Uttar Pradesh.

10:15 AM: Watch this video

9:31 AM: The Election Commission asks Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav to reply by January 9 on each other’s petitions filed before it claiming party and poll symbol.

6:51 AM: “Muscle power plays a big role in UP politics and cast politics is also very strong. So in view of the Supreme Court judgment that cast and communal politics cannot be used, if fair polls are held, BJP will have the majority,” Rita Bahuguna Joshi told ANI.

6:50 AM: Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has reinstated four district presidents of Samajwadi Party.

5:35 pm : CM Akhilesh Yadav speaking at Uttar Pradesh Pravasi Divas 2017 in Lucknow

1: 10 PM While talking about SP poll symbol, Nasim Zaidi, Chief Election Commissioner was quoted by ANI as saying, “Any query on freezing of SP poll symbol is hypothetical right now. Let us first examine the documents.”

12: 57 PM UP Assembly polls: In a press conference Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi announced Uttar Pradesh Assembly date of polls that will take place in 7 phases. For 1st Phase the date is Feb 11, for Phase 2 it is Feb 15th, 3rd phase on Feb 19, Phase 4 on Feb 23, Phase 5 on Feb 27, while for Phase 6 is on March 4 and Phase 7 will take place on March 8.

10:14 AM I spoke to Netaji, he’s positive and wants to solve the issue: Azam Khan

8:56 AM: Watch this video

8:54 AM: The Election Commission will announce the dates of Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand this afternoon, according to TV reports.

7:16 PM Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav demands full say in tickets

4:40 PM  Ramgopal Yadav told ANI that No compromise to be made in SP and will fight elections under Akhilesh as National President; rest EC will decide over election symbol

1:09 PM UP CM Akhilesh Yadav reaches Mulayam Singh Yadav’s residence in Lucknow to meet him.

12:04 PM: ‘We have said to EC that 90 % of MLAs are supporting Akhilesh Yadav ji and hence party led by him must be considered as SP’ : Ram Gopal Yadav

11:30 AM: Only experts can ascertain if they are forged or not but Netaji hasn’t condemned the letter yet: Azam Khan, SP

11:26 AM: Azam Khan’s statement on the SP controversy: Regarding reports of forged signatures, one is in short form & other is in full form

10:50 AM: SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav left for Lucknow (UP). He accompanied by other party members met Election Commission officials yesterday.

10:35 AM: Ram Gopal Yadav leaves from his residence to meet EC over party symbol issue.

10:30 AM: Akhilesh Yadav is our National President; Going to EC today and will tell we’re Samajwadi Party and symbol ‘cycle’ must be given to us, said expelled Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal.

9:54 AM: Watch this video

9:48 AM: Akhilesh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav’s disqualification was never taken back on papers. Revoking their disqualification was conditional, it was decided that they won’t conduct convention, according to ANI report.

9:46 AM: Only then disqualification can be cancelled but they went ahead, hence disqualification wasn’t revoked. Their case in EC is strong as only party president can call convention and not disqualified members, the ANI report said.

9:40 AM: “Akhilesh ji has already said that he will give in writing that after the elections, he can be removed from the chief minister’s post. Whomsoever you want to make the Chief Minister, make him/her. Netaji should himself form the cabinet if the Samajwadi Party emerges as victorious in the elections. We all pray that Samajwadi Party, under the leadership of Akhilesh Yadav, should again form the government in Uttar Pradesh,” Azmi added.

9:39 AM: “Netaji should leave aside all his anger and should allow the Samajwadi Party to contest the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls under Akhilesh,” Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi told ANI.

7:52 AM: Amid the ongoing political tussle in the Samajwadi Party, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who has been nominated party president, is expected to approach the Election Commission today to stake claim for the party’s ‘cycle’ symbol.

7: 50 AM: Sources said the new president has to approach the Election Commission according to the party’s convention to stake claim as the real Samajwadi Party. As per the party’s constitution, the president of the party allots symbols for an election.

7:48 AM: Watch this video

10:45AM: Samajwadi Party’s election symbol is my signature: Mulayam Singh Yadav

10:40AM: In a series of tweets, SP leader Shivpal Yadav said that on the orders of Mulayam Singh Yadav, the convention called on January 5 has been postponed for now. While Shivpal gave no reasons for the abrupt cancellation of the meeting, insiders said perhaps the Mulayam camp was apprehensive of a poor turnout compared to the massive gathering at the “convention” held by Ram Gopal Yadav yesterday.

10:30AM: Shivpal in another tweet asked party workers to concentrate on their respective constituencies and work hard to win the elections. Meanwhile, senior SP leaders from both sides (Akhilesh and Mulayam camps) are likely to visit the Election Commission in New Delhi today to put forth their case.

Watch: Ram Gopal Yadav Declares Akhilesh Yadav National President Of SP In National Executive Meet

Catch the live updates here.

10:30 pm: Doctors on Sunday inspected Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh at his residence in Lucknow after complaints of high blood pressure, ANI reported

9.45 pm: Sometimes to protect the ones u love u must make right decision.What I did today was a tough decision but 1 that I had to take:Akhilesh Yadav

9.44 pm: Doctors conduct health check up of Mulayam Singh Yadav at his residence after complaint of high blood pressure.

9.20 pm: WATCH: Shivpal Yadav sings ‘Kasme waade pyaar wafaa sab baatein hain baaton ka kya, koi kisi ka nahi ye jhoothe, naate hain naaton ka kya’

9.10 pm: India Today TV reports that Mulayam Singh Yadav will also reach EC, Shivpal will accompany him.

8.43 pm: NDTV sources also say that Akhilesh Yadav camp is likely to move to Election Commission tomorrow.

8.20 pm:  SP to move EC tomorrow, will stake claim to fight on party symbol in UP Elections as Akhilesh Yadav is made party’s national Pres: ANI sources

6.49 pm: Amar Singh ji aur Shivpal ji netaji ko kabze mein kare hue hain. Netaji samajh nahi rahe hain: Naresh Agarwal

6.40 pm: Netaji Modi ki tareef karna band kariye, aur apne bete ki agar tareef kariye toh wo zyada achha hoga: Naresh Agarwal SPfeud

6.35 pm: Netaji ne party ko banaya, lekin aisa nahin ki party mein jo netaji (Mulayam) kahenge wohi hoga. Democracy hoti hai: Naresh Agarwal

5:25 pm: Ram Gopal Yadav meeting Samajwadi party workers at his residence in Saifai at present.

5:15 pm: A resolution has been passed deciding that Akhilesh yADAV is our leader: Samajwadi Party MP Kiranmoy Nanda tells CNN News 18.

5:05 pm: Posters of Akhilesh Yadav pased outside Samjwadi Party office in Lucknow.

5:00 pm: Mulayam Singh Yadav expels Naresh Agarwal and Kiranmoy Nanda from Samajwadi Party.

4:54 pm: Mulayam Singh Yadav removed by his own son and family. Only if he followed samajwad instead of parivarvad, it will not have happened, tweets Subhash Chandra.

4:30 pm: Reports of ruckus at Samajwadi Party office in Lucknow.

2:15 pm: Mulayam Singh Yadav calls meet called by Ram Gopal as unconstitutional and illegal, suspends later from party for six years.

2:03 pm: Mulayam Singh Yadav has called Samajwadi Party convention on January 5 in Janeshwar Mishra Park in Lucknow: Sources

1:53 pm: It is a drama, a family drama. At times it is comedy, sometimes it is melody but it will end in tragedy, says Venkaiah Naidu on crisis within Samajwadi Party.

1:48 pm: Shiv Pal Yadav reaches residence of Mulayam Singh Yadav.

12:57 pm: Shiv Pal Yadav is also likely to meet Mulayam Singh Yadav.

12:49 pm: People are confident that under Akhilesh, party will grow, says UP minister Ravidas Mehrotra.

12:30 pm: Best wishes to Akhlesh for his elevation, hope he will do good job with Mulayam Singh Yadav’s support: SP leader Naresh Agarwal.

12:15 pm: Akhilesh expected to meet Mulayam Singh Yadav today.

12:11 pm: BJP says everything going within Sanajwadi Party is nothing but drama.

12:05 pm: Thankss to those leaders who continued to motivate the party even during troubled times, says Akhilesh

11:50 am: Have highest regard on earth for Netaji, says Akhilesh Yadav.

11:43 am: Will fight against those who does conspiracy against Netaji, who is also my father. Will take any responsibility to save my family. Thanks everyone for support. Samajwadi Party will come back to power with full majority, says Akhilesh Yadav.

11:41 am: Some people in the party did not want to see it coming back to power. My respect by  Netaji has increased, says Akhilesh after being elevated as national president of the party.

11:28 am: No meeting was called by party parliamentary board. Some people didn’t want to see, Akhilesh Yadav to return as chief minister, Ram Gopal says

11:26: Govt was doing well, media was saying SP going to form next government, but Akhilesh Yadav was sacked as party unit chief, saya Ram Gopal.

11:25 am: Ram Gopal Yadav begins his address in party convention. Says its necessary to tell why this meet has been called.

11:10 am: Akhilesh Yadav reaches the venue of the  meet in Lucknow.

11:45 am: SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav writes letter to party workers, asks them not to attend National Executive meet called by Ram gopal Yadav.

10:30 am:  Mulayam Singh Yadav calls a meeting of Samajwadi Party Parliamentary board, ahead of national convention.

10:19 am: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to attend the meet shortly.

Also Read: Amar Singh on SP crisis: My complete support with Mulayam Singh Yadav, activities against him ‘unconstitutional’

Here are the latest developments of Uttar Pradesh’s the Samajwadi party feud:

06:00 pm: Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh, expressing happiness over the reconciliation in the party said that the hopes of their opponents have dimmed.

04:45 pm: The state’s BJP President, Keshav Maurya, today, stated the whole incident as a drama that has ended now. The BJP UP president claimed that the cycle, which is the party logo of SP, had been ‘punctured’ and the BJP’s ‘lotus’ will rise in 2017.

04:02 pm: Akhilesh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav’s expulsion was a big news and that could have given rise to a very big problem: Azam Khan, SP

04:00 pm: This time the most tensed are the Muslims, they know if the Samajwadi party falls weak, BJP will get more powerful: Azam Khan

03:55 pm: Netaji has built the party; I consider him the ‘Baghban’ of the party. He is a father as well as the party Chief: Azam Khan, SP on SP feud

03:54 pm: What problem can a father have with his son? Only that he should meet him & consider his advice that is for his well being?: Azam Khan, SP

2.53 pm: Mulayam Singh ji has once again shown mature politics and his promise that he will not let this family or party split ever: Amar Singh

2.42 pm: Kal hamaraa sammelan hoga, ye pehle hi tay tha, expulsion toh kal hua tha: Ramgopal Yadav

2.37 pm: Hamari sarkar ne saare vaade poore kiye hain, janta humaare saath hai: Shivpal Yadav

2.33 pm: Really happy, I was hopeful; SP will form its govt in UP and if there’s an alliance with Congress, then it’ll be even better: Lalu Yadav

2.08 pm: We will fight communal forces together: Shivpal Yadav

2.07 pm: Ram Gopal cancelled his National executive prog and Mulayam Singh and Akhilesh Yadav will sit together to make a list: Shivpal Yadav

2.05 pm: All issues have been sorted out: Shivpal Yadav

2.03 pm:

2.00 pm: On Neta Ji’s instructions, Ram Gopal and Akhilesh Yadav’s expulsion has been cancelled: Shivpal Yadav

1.50 pm: Netaji ke aadesh ke anusar Akhilesh Yadav aur Ram Gopal Yadav ka party se nishkashan tatkal prabhav se samapt kiya jata hai: Shivpal Yadav

1.40 pm: Akhilesh Yadav, Ram Gopal Yadav back in SP

1.27 pm: Over 200 SP MLAs of the 229 back Akhilesh Yadav: Sources To PTI

1.23 pm: Hum ‘havan’ kar rahe hain taake Netaji aur Shivpal ji jo sadbuddhi mile: Akhilesh Yadav supporter

12.53 pm: Shivpal Singh Yadav also reaches Mulayam Singh Yadav’s residence

12.50 pm: Akhilesh submits list of MLAs to Mulayam

12.49 pm: Peace is possible if Amar Singh is sacked: Akhilesh, Sources

12.47 pm: Akhilesh wants Amar Singh expelled: Sources

12.35 pm: Maharashtra Samajwadi Party chief Abu Azmi today pledged support to the Akhilesh Yadav camp after party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav expelled the UP chief minister along with General Secretary Ramgopal Yadav for six years for putting up candidates against the official nominees.

12.31 pm: Akhilesh Yadav supporters clash with Mulayam/Shivpal Yadav supporters outside party office

12.23 pm: Akhilesh Yadav has reached Mulayam Singh Yadav’s residence with Azam Khan and Abu Azmi

12.18 pm: Akhilesh Yadav reaches Mulayam Singh Yadav’s residence

Also Read: Samajwadi Party war may end in Akhilesh’s success; he has left Rahul behind

12.09 pm: Akhilesh hinted Amar Singh behind troubles in party: sources

12.06 pm: Akhilesh said will win UP AS GIFT TO NETAJI: SOURCES

12.01 pm: Akhilesh Yadav supporters hold a ‘havan’ outside CM residence in his support

11.54 am: Shivpal Yadav reaches party office

11.48 am: Akhilesh supporters try to break cordon outside CM residence, clash with police.

11.47 am: Lalu Prasad Yadav speaks to Mulayam Singh Yadav, asks him to stay united to fight communal forces

11.35 am: Azam Khan arrives at Mulayam Singh Yadav’s residence.

10.35 am: Our leader Mulayam, Our choice Akhilesh: Ateeq Ahmed

10.15 am: MLAs, candidates arriving at Shivpal Yadav’s residence as well.

10.00 am: More than 175 MLAs arrive at Akhilesh Yadav’s residence, reports NDTV.

9.45 am: Pawan Pandey, MLA:  “Poora pradesh Akhilesh ji ke saath hai, naujawan,buzurg,mahilayen sab unka samarthan kar rahe hain,” said.

9.30 am: Gomti Yadav: “Aaj Uttar Pradesh ka chehra sirf aur sirf Akhilesh Yadav ji hain, vo vikaspurush hain,” Gomti Yadav said.

9.06 am: When my CM is suspended then it’s my responsibility to resign as spokesperson too.Not against Netaji but we stand with our CM: Juhi Singh,SP

8.55 am: “Mai apna poora samarthan netaji ko deta hoon, unki avmanna party ka anushasan bhang karne ke samaan hai,” Amar Singh added.

8.50 am: “Unke Mulayam viruddh kitne bhi bade log jo kuch bhi kaam kar rahe hain, wo bilkul asamvaidhanik, anaitik aur ghalat hai,” Amar Singh said.

8.46 am: Amar Singh appeals workers to support Mulayam Singh Yadav

8.40 am: Aaj toh kuch aisa lag raha hai ki Ram Chandra keh gaye siya se aisa kalyug aayga beta karega raj bechara baap jungle ko jayga: Amar Singh

8.33 am: Delhi: 69 trains delayed, 16 rescheduled and 4 cancelled fog.

8.25 am: Mulayam Singh has called SP’s Parliamentary board meet today.

7.55 am: This SP split was imminent. The fight is around the wealth & the loot which they have done over the last 4 odd years: Sudhindra Bhadoria,BSP

7.35 am: There is no constitutional crisis, its a painful moment for us and we hope issue is resolved soon: Gaurav Bhatia,SP

7.15 am: Samajwadi Party spokesperson Juhi Singh, an Akhilesh loyalist, resigns from the post

  • Already they (SP & BSP) were loosing the assembly elections, so even if a reunion between Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav happens tomorrow, it really doesn’t matter. Who will support the party that punches each other everyday said, GVL Narsimha Rao, Leader, BJP while speaking to Indian Today.
  • West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee calls up Akhilesh Yadav. It is said that she has asked the Uttar Pradesh CM to say calm.
  • Samajwadi Party supporters protest against SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav after he announces the expulsion of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav from the party for six years at out side CM residence in Lucknow on Friday.
Party supporters protest against SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav outside CM residence. (Source: PTI) Party supporters protest against SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav outside CM residence. (Source: PTI)
  • Samajwadi Party spokesperson Juhi Singh resigned from the post, following CM Akhilesh Yadav’s expulsion.
  • Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi backed the UP Chief Minister, after Mulayam Singh Yadav expelled him from the party.
A Samajwadi Party supporter trying to self immolation out side Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's residence against expelled Akhilesh Yadav for six year by SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav in Lucknow. (PTI) A Samajwadi Party supporter trying to self immolation out side Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s residence against expelled Akhilesh Yadav for six year by SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav in Lucknow. (PTI)

  • SP spokesperson Naved Siddiqui quit following the expulsion of CM Akhilesh Yadav from the Samajwadi party.
  • UP CM AKhilesh Yadav directed UP DGP to ensure adequate security is deployed outside Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav’s residence.
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav calls for a meeting with all MLAs at 9 AM tomorrow.
  • UP DGP Javeed Ahmed reaches CM Akhilesh Yadav’s residence to meet him.
  • Amid internal feud in the Samajwadi party, ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections next year, Congress said that the party considering alliance with Akhilesh Yadav.
  • Recent developments in the party (SP) is their internal matter. I will keep a close watch on this: Ram Naik, UP Governor to ANI.

      • In a tough action, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today expelled his son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav as well as general secretary Ramgopal Yadav from the party for six years for “gross indiscipline”, a decision that will lead to a political crisis in Uttar Pradesh.
      • I have worked really hard to make this party, what was their role in this? I work hard and they reap the fruits?: Mulayam Singh Yadav
      • Want to urge party workers to come to RM Lohiya University on Jan 1 at 11am to discuss as to how to stop those doing wrong in party, says Ram Gopal Yadav.
      • It’s unconstitutional to expel someone without listening to them just hours after issuing show-cause notice-Ram Gopal Yadav on his expulsion
      • Morally Akhilesh Yadav must resign immediately. SP Govt had failed: Yogi Adityanath, BJP on expulsion of UP CM from SP.
      • There is situation of pol instability in UP,it’s worrisome for democracy;we dont comment on internal division of any party: RS Surjewala,Congress
      • Earlier in the day, Mulayam Singh Yadav issued a show-cause notice to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and his son Akhilesh Yadav for issuing a candidate list separately for the upcoming state assembly polls.
      • Protesters tear down the posters of Shivpal Singh Yadav after Akhilesh Yadav was expelled from the party for 6 years

      • It is unfortunate. However it is their internal matter: Sharad Yadav, JD (U)
      • How can he (Ram Gopal)call fr emergency national exe meet without my permission? Normally atleast 15 or 10 days period notice is given-SP Chief
      • If the party chief takes unconstitutional steps then who will bring forth unity in the party, asks Ram Gopal Yadav.
      • “We have declared list of 325 candidates for the 2017 assembly polls; 78 seats still remain. Name of candidates for rest of the 78 seats will be announced soon,” said Mulayam while announcing the list.
      • The Samajwadi Party supremo announced the first list in the absence of his son, who is at loggerheads with his uncle Shivpal Yadav over distribution of tickets.  Mulayam announced the name of his brother Shivpal from Jaswant Nagar Assembly seat.  Akhilesh’s name did not figure in the first list.
      • “The list released by Akhilesh list is our list. The contestants will be fielded according to this. Further will be decided within two-three days,” Yadav said.
      • As CM Akhilesh Yadav and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav are again at loggerheads over the ticket distribution, party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav on Friday asserted that they will field its candidates based on the list released by the Chief Minister in the upcoming assembly polls.

(With inputs from agencies)

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