UP polls 2017: Mulayam Singh Yadav slams Akhilesh, Ram Gopal; will contest against son

"EC decision will come at 4 pm. Tried to convince Akhilesh but he is not realising his mistake," said Mulayam in his address.

UP polls 2017: Mulayam Singh Yadav slams Akhilesh, Ram Gopal; will contest against son

The day Election Commission is set to announce its decision on Samajwadi Party's "cycle", family patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday announced that he would contest against his son, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in the forthcoming polls in Uttar Pradesh.

Reportedly, targeting his son for playing communal politics, the former UP chief minister blamed Akhilesh for hobnobbing with the BJP while turning the Muslim community against the party.




Mulayam further alleged that he had tried to talk to Akhilesh, but he chose to ignore him. He further blamed his nephew Ram Gopal Yadav for the apparent split in the party and attacked him for misguiding his son.





He was meeting his supporters in Lucknow and spoke the ongoing case related to the party symbol in the Election Commission, adding that he will abide by whatever the apex poll panel decides on the election symbol.

"EC decision will come at 4 pm. Tried to convince Akhilesh but he is not realising his mistake," said Mulayam in his address.





The 'pari-war' is all set to reach its climax as the Election Commission (EC) is likely to give an interim order on the dispute in the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, with the option of freezing their symbol 'cycle' most likely to be exercised.

The three-member EC, headed by Nasim Zaidi, heard both the sides on Friday and reserved its order.

The feud arised when Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was elected as the National President of Samajwadi party at a national convention convened by party MP Ram Gopal Yadav on 1 January.

At the same convention, incumbent President Mulayam Singh Yadav was made the patron of the party. This was contested by Mulayam, who approached the EC and conveyed that he continues to be the party president and the election symbol should remain with his faction.

Mulayam's claims were contested by the other side, which had filed affidavits by various party office bearers, MPs, MLAs and district presidents to claim that the majority was with the Chief Minister's faction and that it was the group which was entitled to the symbol.