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Samajwadi Party Live: Mulayam Meets EC, Stakes Claim to Cycle Symbol | January 2, 2017, 7:06 PM IST
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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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Jan 2, 2017 6:41 pm (IST)

Huge posters of UP CM Akhilesh Yadav have been put up in Lucknow. 

Jan 2, 2017 5:39 pm (IST)

Mulayam and others met the Chief Election Commissioner and two Election Commissioners on Monday for over half an hour. All aspects were discussed. However, EC cannot take a decision without listening to both parties. The Akhilesh faction is expected to meet the EC on Tuesday: EC Sources

Jan 2, 2017 5:22 pm (IST)
Jan 2, 2017 5:17 pm (IST)

Mulayam Singh Yadav, Amar Singh and Shivpal Yadav leave EC office. 

Jan 2, 2017 4:34 pm (IST)

Mulayam Singh Yadav, Amar Singh and Shivpal Yadav reach EC Office: ANI

Jan 2, 2017 4:31 pm (IST)
Jan 2, 2017 4:31 pm (IST)

Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh leave for Election Commission's Office. 

Jan 2, 2017 4:25 pm (IST)
Jan 2, 2017 3:37 pm (IST)
Cycle Symbol May be Frozen: Former CEC SY Quraishi

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.

Jan 2, 2017 3:37 pm (IST)
I was with Mulayam and will remain with him: Amar Singh

Reacting on his expulsion from the party by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Singh said:

Jan 2, 2017 3:12 pm (IST)

SP is a party which has its own disputes. Here the father and son are at war. The other party is trying to settle the money: PM Narendra Modi at ‘Parivartan Rally’ in Lucknow

Jan 2, 2017 2:35 pm (IST)

Only BJP can bring development in Uttar Pradesh: Rajnath Singh

Jan 2, 2017 2:34 pm (IST)

SP and BSP behind the current situation in Uttar Pradesh: Rajnath Singh at ‘Parivartan Rally’ in Lucknow

Jan 2, 2017 2:06 pm (IST)
Jan 2, 2017 1:41 pm (IST)
Jan 2, 2017 1:40 pm (IST)

Probably ‘Cycle’ symbol may be frozen and both factions will be given ad hoc names and symbols as polls are close: SY Qureshi, Ex-CEC on SP feud

Jan 2, 2017 1:10 pm (IST)
Jan 2, 2017 1:06 pm (IST)

Jaya Prada reaches Mulayam Singh's residence.

Jan 2, 2017 1:01 pm (IST)

This video of Shivpal Yadav singing on Saturday embedded from news agency ANI

Jan 2, 2017 12:32 pm (IST)

Mulayam is our leader. He is upset but I will convince him: Akhilesh to his MLAs and supporters

Jan 2, 2017 12:27 pm (IST)
Samajwadi Party Split: The Relevance of Being Mulayam

At 77, Mulayam Singh Yadav is today facing the biggest challenge of his life.

Jan 2, 2017 12:26 pm (IST)

Mulayam Singh Yadav to meet EC officials at 3.30 PM.

Jan 2, 2017 12:17 pm (IST)
Jan 2, 2017 12:00 pm (IST)

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.

Jan 2, 2017 11:32 am (IST)
Mulayam Postpones Jan 5 National Convention of Samajwadi Party

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.

Jan 2, 2017 11:28 am (IST)
Jan 2, 2017 11:28 am (IST)
Jan 2, 2017 11:27 am (IST)

We know party’s constitution: Ram Gopal Yadav after Mulayam termed the National Convention ‘unconstitutional’

Jan 2, 2017 11:03 am (IST)

Shivpal asked supporters to gear up for the UP elections.

Jan 2, 2017 10:59 am (IST)

I have respect and love for Neta ji. I was forced to take strong decisions because of my love and concern for party and family: Akhilesh Yadav

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Samajwadi Party Live: Mulayam Meets EC, Stakes Claim to Cycle Symbol
Mulayam gets out of his car to meet the Election Commissioner in New Delhi. (CNN_NEWS18 grab)

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