Akhilesh gets cycle, party name and president’s post

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The Election Commission on Monday concluded that the faction led by Akhilesh Yadav was the real Samajwadi Party.

Akhilesh cycle

The group led by Akhilesh Yadav is the Samajwadi Party and is entitled to use its name and reserved symbol Bicycle, the three-member Election Commission headed by Nasim Zaidi said in its order.

The verdict comes a day ahead of the start of the filing of nominations in the seven-phased polls in the state beginning on February 11.

This came hours after Mulayam accused his son of working at the behest of his uncle Ram Gopal Yadav.

He said, “Akhilesh is acting at the behest of Ramgopal. If he does not listen, I will fight against him: Mulayam Singh Yadav.”

Ram Gopal, a member of the Rajya Sabha and Mulayams cousin, has sided with Akhilesh in his fight for control over the party.

The SP founder alleged that Akhilesh had a “negative approach” towards Muslims and that he was playing into the hands of Ramgopal Yadav, who was working “on directions of BJP”.

“I will live for Muslims and die for them. When it comes to Muslims interest, I will also fight against him (Akhilesh)”, he said.

“I have always stood for protecting the interest of the Muslims. When I ensured appointment of a Muslim as the states Director General of Police (DGP), Akhilesh did not talk to me for 15 days. He did not want any Muslim on this post. It sent an anti-Muslim message,” Mulayam said.

The Samajwadi Party supremo said he had made many sacrifices to build the party and Akhilesh sacked several ministers including a woman without valid reasons.

Mulayam had sprung a surprise earlier this month when he said Akhilesh will be the chief minister if party retained power after the assembly elections, extending an olive branch to his recalcitrant son. However, Akhilesh and Ramgopal Yadav, a key stretegist of the party, have steadfastly rejected the overture.

Akhilesh reportedly demanded that he be allowed to continue to lead the party for the next three months, a demand that was rejected by Mulayam.

Amid reports that the Akhilesh camp enjoyed support of a majority of party delegates, MPs and legislators, Mulayam indicated he may move the court if the partys name and election symbol was allotted to the rival camp by the Election Commission.

Mulayam said it was upto the EC to decide on it but the fight will “reach the court”.

Earlier in the day, Mulayam reached the residence of his younger brother and state SP president Shivpal Yadav.

Interestingly, he also called Naresh Uttam, who has been appointed party state president by Akhilesh, and he was present during Mulayams address to partymen.

Mulayam said he was trying his best to save the party and slammed Akhilesh for “not understanding things”

 

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