Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav-led faction of Uttar Pradesh's ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) is confident of getting the party symbol "cycle", an official said on Friday.
The two warring factions of the SP, led by Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav have already petitioned before the EC staking their claim over the party and the symbol. Singh is an influential politician in western UP that is often referred to as the Jat belt due to the dominant presence of the largely agrarian community.
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal appeared before the EC as the Akhilesh group's counsel, demanding to accept it as the real Samajwadi Party as it has filed documents to show it having the support of the majority of MPs, MLAs and MLCs as well as the SP delegates to the national executive.
Mulayam Singh Yadav has not been supporting the idea of an alliance with any party.
On family feud and its impact on the party, Uttam said, "Father and son are very much together".
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Mr. Parasaran argued that the Election Commission lacked jurisdiction to allocate the symbol to one of the factions as there was no split in the party such as SP (Mulayam) and SP (Akhilesh) and there was no splinter group.
Propping up of the woman power from both sides is likely to play a cementing force, insiders say. "But this will not be a setback for him", said the Congress politician. Akhilesh was made the SP's national president at a convention on New Year day. The state will go to elections in seven phases. To this, the Election Commission clearly stated that it will hear both the factions and see the majority in each of the factions on Friday.
"Hum Netaji (Mulayam) ko wo pad denge jo unke bete ne unse chheen liya.hum unhein rashtriya adhyaksh banayeinge.party unki aur symbol bhi unka".
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