New Delhi: Samajwadi Party might be staring at the prospect of its poll symbol being frozen due to the dispute between Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son and UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.
The drama surrounding the Samajwadi Party that many people are claiming is nothing more than a well-orchestrated drama, has been very confusing indeed. The split in the party may harm the party, but will strengthen the hands of 43-year old chief minister.
In the meantime as the Election Commission that heard both the camps today has reserved its verdict on the demand for ‘cycle’ symbol by the two warring factions of the Samajwadi Party, and is expected to announce its decision on Monday.
“The commission reserved its order today (Friday). It will decide on the party’s election symbol on Monday,” Gauri Neo Rampal, lawyer of Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav said. The Commission declined to make any comments now, she said. Mulayam Singh has been insisting on his right to the symbol being the party founder and also its “present president”. Akhilesh was appointed the “President” of the party at an “emergency national convention” called on January 1 in Lucknow. The meeting was convened by Akhilesh’s confidante and Rajya Sabha member Ram Gopal Yadav.
On the other hand The Akhilesh-led faction has been claiming ownership to the symbol, saying that it enjoyed the support of the majority of the party’s members of Parliament and the legislators. Giving an account of the hearing on Friday, Rampal said: “Mulayamji said that he is the legal President of the party since the beginning. So, no one can remove him from the position by holding illegal or invalid conferences.” The lawyer said that Mulayam Singh told the commission that he is the incumbent President of the party as per its constitution.
Mulayam counsel also said that Kapil Sibal, who represented Mulayam’s son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at the hearing, told Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi that it is Akhilesh’s party. After the hearing at the commission, Sibal too told reporters that the EC has heard both factions and has reserved its verdict as to whom to allot the party election symbol ‘cycle’. The hearing on Friday lasted for over four hours.