Poll panel keeps SP guessing on bicycle
NEWDELHI/LUCKNOW: AsplitinUttar Pradesh’srulingpartyappearedall but formalised on Friday as two warringSamajwadiPartyfactions refused to back down before the election commission, setting the stageforafractiousfightinassembly polls a month away.
The poll panel heard lawyers from both sides — one led by CM Akhilesh Yadav and another by his father Mulayam Singh Yadav — for four hours before reserving its order on the current name and symbol, the bicycle. Sources said theECwouldconsultlawyersover the weekend and pass an interim order on Monday. Experts say the EC might freeze the SP name and symbol and ask both sides to pick new ones – just a day before filing of nominations begins on January 17. If the poll panel decides to allot the symbol and name to one side, analysts favour the Akhilesh faction as it is said to have the backing of a majority of party lawmakers.
SP’s Mulayam Singh Yadav meets supporters at his home in Delhi.