EC wants Samajwadi Party factions to settle the issue before January 17
New Delhi / Lucknow: The Election Commission on Tuesday fixed January 13 as the date of hearing the Samajwadi Party factions led by Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav to calm down the dispute over control of the party and its election symbol, ‘cycle’.
The EC wants to settle the issue before January 17 when the process of nomination begins for the 1st phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh to be held on February 11, only if the two sides proceed accordingly. Notices are being sent to both groups for the January 13 hearing.
While the Akhilesh camp has submitted affidavits signed by Samajwadi Party MPs, MLAs, MLCs and representatives supporting Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, the other side has maintained that as per the party’s constitution, Mulayam Singh Yadav is still the party chief.
The Mulayam-led group has also claimed the affidavits submitted by the Akhilesh camp have been fake and that the poll panel should get them verified before proceeding.
In the meantime, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav met his father and Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav in Lucknow, sending signals of a compromise between the squabbling factions in the ruling party.
The 90-minute one-to-one meeting at Mulayam’s residence took place against the backdrop of the Samajwadi Party patriarch on Monday declaring his son as the chief ministerial candidate of the party.
In signs of reconciliation, Akhilesh Yadav walked down to his father’s bungalow next door — the houses are interconnected — for the important meeting, the outcome of which will definitely have a bearing on Samajwadi Party’s electoral prospects.