New Delhi, January 4: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has finally initiated the process to sort out the 'cycle' dispute between two factions of Samajwadi Party (SP).
Just days before Nasim Zaidi announced the poll dates for five states, the Samajwadi Party has been divided into two factions- one led by party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and another by his son Akhilesh Yadav.
The SP leaders on Wednesday made the last-ditch efforts to save the party from breaking but so far all has been in vain. The Election Commission has asked both the groups to prove strength among the party delegates and MLAs, MPs and MLCs.
The EC has asked them to get signed affidavits. The EC have also sought comments from both camps to each other's representations received by the poll panel this week. “The EC has given them time until January 9 to respond,” said an official.
The election dates were announced by EC on Wednesday and polls in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases starting February 11. The test of the majority is the standard practice adopted by EC to gauge the strength of rival groups within a political party.
Both Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav camps have submitted their arguments to EC staking claim of the party's election symbol. It has come to light that Akhilesh's uncle Ram Gopal Yadav has submitted the detailed dossier to ECI stating that CM has the support of 90 percent party delegates, MPs and MLAs.
The war over the SP symbol of 'cycle' reached the EC doorstep on Monday when Mulayam along with Amar Singh, Jaya Prada, Shivpal Singh Yadav met Election Commissioners Nasim Zaidi, O P Rawat and A K Joti claiming that Sunday’s convention, in which Akhilesh was elected as the party president, was illegal and that Ramgopal Yadav has been expelled from the party.