Akhilesh claims majority support
Amidst the ongoing family feud over the election symbol of Samajwadi party, Election Commission had asked for the show of power and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav claims to have won it.
According to the reports, More than 210 of the SP’s 229 MLAs (in the 403-member Assembly) and around 60 MLCs attended a meeting convened by the CM at his official residence on Thursday in a bid to demonstrate his strength before the EC. In the meeting, most of those present endorsed the affidavit supporting the CM.
This document would be presented to the EC, where Akhilesh is in a tussle with his father Mulayam Singh over the party symbol “cycle”.
During the meeting, the CM assured his loyalists and party legislators that eventually the faction led by him would win the symbol. The CM also told his candidates to start campaigning in their constituencies.
A Cabinet Minister from Purvanchal who signed the affidavit told The Hindu that the CM instructed the legislators and candidates to “start working strongly” in their area while assuring them of a safe future.
Confronted with queries in the three-hour-long meeting, Akhilesh assured the legislators saying, “The matter is in the EC. Both sides want the symbol. But you leave it to us and focus on forming our government,” senior minister Paras Nath Yadav told.
This show of power came on the day Mulayam along with brother Shivpal flew to Delhi to apparently stake claim to the party symbol by submitting a list of supporters to the EC. However, reports have said that Mulayam has little support.
Acting as the national president of the party, Akhilesh on Thursday ordered the dissolution of seven district committees and named new presidents. These districts are Mainpur, Moradabad, Fatehpur, Etawah, Farukkhabad, Hardoi and Firozabad. The leaders had been suspended by his uncle Shivpal. The new office-bearers have been instructed to form new committees within seven days.
Late on Wednesday, Akhilesh also took back four leaders from Deoria, Kushinagar, Azamgarh and Mirzapur who had been suspended by Shivpal. The leaders have been instructed to continue functioning in their previous roles and prepare for elections, new State president Naresh Uttam Patel informed.