Whose cycle is it? After Mulayam, Akhilesh meets Election Commission to claim it
If the Election Commission cannot reach any decision before January 17, then the party symbol might also be frozen and two different symbols would be provide to the parties for contesting the assembly elections.
Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday met the Election Commission (EC) to stake a claim on Samajwadi Party's poll symbol 'cycle'. After Mulayam, delegation led by UP CM Akhilesh Yadav's meeting with Election Commission is underway.
Stating that their is "no rift" between him and his son Akhilesh, Mulayam, after his meeting with the poll body, said, "One person causing rift in the party is Ram Gopal Yadav."
Mulayam will also urge EC to check the authenticity and legality of papers submitted by Ramgopal Yadav. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav camp on Saturday submitted an affidavit mentioning the Samajwadi Party leaders supporting the former's faction in a bid to buttress its claim over the Samajwadi Party's 'cycle' symbol ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.
Mulayam Singh camp leaders denied entry inside SP Office in Lucknow, News 18 reported. Deepak Mishra, SP state spokesperson, was stopped from entering office by the security personnel.
According to ANI report, Ramgopal said that the relevant documents, brought in "seven cartons with more than 1.5 lakh pages", were submitted to the poll panel to assert Akhilesh's right over the party name and symbol.
He said that he submitted affidavits of 4,716 delegates of the total 5,731, indicating overwhelming support for Akhilesh. The Election Commission had given both sides time till January 9 to submit proof of their legislative support.