Samajwadi Party feud: Mulayam Singh and Shivpal Yadav leave for Delhi to meet EC
Even with the Uttar Pradesh poll dates announced, Samajwadi Party feud is still raging on, but now in front of Election Commission. After another attempt at truce failed on Saturday, Mulayam Singh Yadav along with his brother Shivpal Yadav left for Delhi to meet the poll panel.
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.
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.
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.
On Saturday, senior SP leaders including Shivpal Singh Yadav, Azam Khan, Om Prakash Singh and Narad Rai met Mulayam Singh and held discussions on the possible way out of the infighting.
The attempt for the truce by Amar Singh was rejected by Mulayam, who is stressing on his stand that Akhilesh Yadav should first step down as the SP National President, after which his demand for a larger say in ticket distribution will be considered.
This was rejected by Akhilesh’s camp, the Chief Minister wanted a “three-month free hand to win the polls” and then back off in favour of his father.
Meanwhile, Mulayam has once again written to the Election Commission to claim the ‘cycle’ poll symbol and sent some documents along with relevant parts of the party constitution to buttress his case.
In a related development, Rajya Sabha member Ram Gopal Yadav, who is mentoring the Akhilesh Yadav camp, has sent sworn affidavits of some 5,761 Samajwadi Party leaders, including MLAs and MPs, to the Election Commission.