The Election Commission on Friday 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.
Earlier today, the EC hold the hearing in the symbol war between SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh where the latter first placed his arguments claiming that the majority of legislators is with the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
During the first part of the hearing, the Akhilesh camp, represented by senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, argued that the majority of MPs, MLAs and MLCs as well as the SP delegates are with Akhilesh
Meanwhile, the Mulayam camp in its argument claimed that the convention in which Akhilesh was appointed as the party chief was against the SP constitution.
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According to the media, The EC is now expected to deliver its verdict in next 3 days.
After the split in the party last week, 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.