The tussle between two factions -- led by Mulayam Singh Yadav and son Akhilesh -- to gain control of the ruling Samajwadi Party in the poll-bound Uttar Pradesh became bitter on Monday over the claim for its election symbol, cycle.
The Mulayam camp - his brother Shivpal Yadav and Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh - on Monday met EC in Delhi to stake claim to party symbol 'çycle' while his son and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh called an urgent meeting of his MLAs and MLCs later in the day.
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Ram Gopal Yadav's meeting with Election Commission of India fixed for 11:30 AM tomorrow. He had sought time from the ECI earlier.— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) January 2, 2017
New Delhi: With the Samajwadi Party split, neither faction may get the 'cycle' symbol ahead of the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, former Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi said on Monday.
Reacting on his expulsion from the party by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Singh said:
At 77, Mulayam Singh Yadav is today facing the biggest challenge of his life.
CNN-News 18’s Marya Shakil has this take on the SP drama
The Relevance of Being Mulayam
At 77, Mulayam Singh Yadav is facing the biggest challenge of his life. Though it's still a divided house as to whether the entire SP drama playing out for the last few months is scripted by a father to resurrect his son who for the longest time was criticised for not being in control and being a ‘4.5 CM’.
However, I feel the latest round of family war isn't part of any script. Mulayam Singh Yadav the patriarch of SP, the creator and also its redeemer cannot give space to his son while completely annihilating himself.
Netaji still has dream of being the PM someday. So can this destruction of self, humiliation from his party men and his son be part of any script? A leader from western UP says that Mulayam should have been graceful in his exit. But why should he? If he is very much an agile political mind who still rules the roost. The PM takes his advice on defence front.
The congress and the BJP are both watching the moves and counter moves between the father and the son. The congress is hoping that a weaker SP gives them more elbow room to negotiate with Akhilesh and get more seats to contest. The BJP is worried that in this script and a 4 cornered contest it's not them but the BSP that's the beneficiary.
It's no secret that Mulayam has been against any alliance with the Congress. The reason - he feels that in those districts the party's flag will go down and another party will become relevant and he cannot do that - only because he is the one who created the party.
Lalu Yadav once told me that 'Yadavs love to fight, if they don't have an enemy in sight they fight among themselves to constantly hone up their skills.'
He said the same when SP celebrated 25 years of its existence in Lucknow. But this curse on Yaduvanshis can't mean that a father who is still politically active chooses to enter the vridh ashram stage of his life and become a margdarshak.
The Samajwadi Party yesterday split down the middle with the faction headed by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav removing Mulayam as party chief and appointing him in his place at a convention in which the group claimed support of the majority of legislators and district units.
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