Cycle For Akhilesh: EC

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Lucknow:  The Election Commission on Monday alloted the Samajwadi Party’s election symbol ‘cycle’ and party’s name to the Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.

The Akhilesh-led faction claimed ownership to the symbol, saying that it enjoyed the support of the majority of the party’s members of Parliament and the legislators. The EC, after hearing both the sides on Friday, had reserved its verdict on the issue.

Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav have been asserting their respective claims over the party’s election symbol ‘cycle’.

Mulayam Singh insisted on his right to the symbol being the party founder and also its “present President”. Meanwhile, Akhilesh was appointed the “President” of the party at an “emergency national convention” called on January 1 in Lucknow.

The meeting was convened by Akhilesh’s confidant and Rajya Sabha member Ram Gopal Yadav.

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