NEW DELHI: Even as Mulayam Singh said that he was the boss of Samajwadi Party, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is leaving no stones unturned to stake claim over the party symbol ‘cycle’.
Mulayam and Akhilesh’s team on Monday met the Election Commission, amid ongoing tussle.
“There is some problem in the part. One person is behind this feud. Issues will be resolved,” said Mulayam Singh, after meeting the poll panel.
However, when asked if there was a problem between father and son, Mulayam said, “There is no problem between me and my son (Akhilesh).”
Accompanied by his loyalists Amar Singh and Shivpal Singh Yadav, Mulayam also contested the affidavits of party leaders submitted by the party faction owing allegiance to his son, alleging they were forged and asked the EC to get them verified.
Mulayam had on Sunday stated that Ram Gopal had no right to call the convention on January 1 as he had been suspended from the Samajwadi Party earlier.
In a bid to buttress their claim over the ‘cycle’ symbol, Akhilesh Yadav-led camp represented by Ram Gopal had on Saturday submitted an affidavit with names of Samajwadi Party leaders supporting the Uttar Pradesh chief minister.
Ram Gopal said that the relevant documents, brought in “seven cartons with more than 1.5 lakh pages”, were submitted to the poll panel to assert Akhilesh’s right over the party’s name and symbol. He said that he submitted affidavits of 4,716 delegates of the total 5,731, indicating overwhelming support for Akhilesh.
The Election Commission had given both sides time till January 9 to submit proof of their legislative support. However, if the Election Commission cannot reach any decision before January 17, then the party symbol might be frozen and two different symbols would be provided to both the factions for contesting the assembly elections.
The assembly elections in the most populous and politically significant state in India will be held in seven phases beginning February 11.