New Delhi, After days of drama and open spat, it’s now official. Akhilesh Yadav gets the Samajwadi Party symbol, the cycle, and the party name.
In an order ahead of the crucial seven-phase Uttar Pradesh election, the Election Commission today recognised the faction led by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav as the Samajwadi Party and allotted it the ‘cycle’ symbol, dealing a huge blow to Mulayam Singh Yadav.
The Election Commission’s legal experts looked into precedents and judgments before issuing the order. Sources said the Election Commission wanted to issue an order that could stand the test of courts.
As per the sources, Akhilesh Yadav met Mulayam Singh and took his blessings after EC decision.
Soon after the verdict, Akhilesh loyalist Ramgopal Yadav thanked the Election Commission and said the party will release its list of candidates in the next two days.
“I am hopeful that grand-alliance will happen but final decision rests with Akhilesh Yadav,” said Ramgopal Yadav.