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I am still the national president of Samajwadi Party, says Mulayam Singh

Amar Singh, who's part of the opposing Mulayam faction, earlier said the signatures on the affidavit submitted by the Akilesh faction to the Election Commision were forged

A day after the Akhilesh faction submitted to the Election Commision affidavits staking claim over the party and the symbol, Samajawdi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday said he is the national president of the party.

Addressing the media in Delhi, Mulayam added that Shivpal Yadav is the party’s state president and his son, Akhilesh Yadav, remains as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.


Earlier, meetiing party workers at the SP headquarters in Lucknow, Mulayam asserted that there was “no dispute” in the party.

Meanwhile, Amar Singh, who’s part of the opposing Mulayam faction, earlier said the signatures on the affidavit submitted by the Akilesh faction to the Election Commision were forged.

On Saturday, the faction led by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav met Election Commissioner Syed Nasim Ahmad Zaidi. The faction led by his uncle Ram Gopal Yadav and including Surendra Nagar and Sunil Sajan submitted an affidavit regarding the SP leaders supporting the faction, reports said.

Interestingly, reports have quoted sources as saying that both the factions will now contest the state assembly polls on different party symbols, irrespective of who gets the official party symbol — cycle.

EC has set Monday as the deadline for taking views of both the factions of Samajwadi Party to take a call on the claim to the party symbol. However, reports have suggested that EC may also freeze the party symbol.

The assembly elections in the most populous and politically significant state in India will be held in seven phases between February 11 and March 8.

Meanwhile, the Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati today announced the final list of candidates for 101 seats for upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. The party has so far released a list of 401 candidates out of 403 seats.

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