Akhilesh Yadav to get Samajwadi Party's 'Cycle' symbol: Reports

The EC was supposed to hear both the factions today and then decide which faction should get the party symbol for the upcoming elections.

Amid the uproar over the Samajwadi’s party “cycle” symbol, it is now being said that the Election Commission has decided to give the symbol to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Sources to ANI has confirmed that Mulayam Singh Yadav has lost the race and it is Akhilesh Yadav who has been granted the cycle symbol ahead of Uttar Pradesh elections.

Amid the ongoing feud within the Yadav clan for the ultimate leadership of the Samajwadi Party and its ‘Cycle’ symbol, Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav had stated that he might go against his son, and present chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav if the situation demands so.

Earlier on January 13, the Election Commission reserved its order on the ownership of the Samajwadi Party ‘Cycle’ symbol after hearing Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav’s arguments for over 4 hours in New Delhi.

After the split in the party two weeks ago, the factions led by Mulayam and his son Akhilesh had approached the commission staking claim over the party and the symbol ‘cycle’

Both the sides had also submitted some documents to further their claim and the commission had given them time till Monday to provide signed affidavits of legislators and office bearers to claim control over the party’s name and symbol

The side which has the support of majority (50 per cent plus 1) MPs, MLAs, MLCs and delegates will gain an upper hand in the fight to control the party founded 25 years ago.

UP will have a seven-phase election, with polling on February 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, March 4 and 8.

The counting will be held on March 11.