The feud in the Yadav family has come down to the tussle over the election symbol of Mulayam camp and Akhilesh camp as Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav is in Delhi and is expected to be personally explain to the Election Commission on Friday why he should be granted the Samajwadi Party’s “cycle” symbol for upcoming polls in Uttar Pradesh.
He has been challenged for both the symbol and the post of Samajwadi Party president by his son and UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, who claims the support of an overwhelming majority of party leaders and workers.
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The Election Commission on Friday will hear the two sides before deciding which faction will get the ‘cycle‘ symbol to contest the UP elections. It could also decide to “freeze” the symbol allotting it to neither father nor son.
Meanwhile, according to reports, team Akhilesh has a backup plan ready and will ask for the “motorcycle” as its symbol if it does not get the cycle. The motorcycle, they say, represents a step up from the cycle, made wildly popular in the last elections by Akhilesh Yadav, who rode one across hundreds of miles while campaigning.