Mulayam to EC: I’m still party chief, cycle symbol is mine

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New Delhi: SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav with party leader Shivpal Yadav arrives for a meeting with Election Commission in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Photo

New Delhi: SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav with party leader Shivpal Yadav arrives for a meeting with Election Commission in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Photo

On Monday, Mulayam told the Election Commission that he’s still the Samajwadi Party chief and thus only he has the right to keep the party symbol under his control.

Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh is fighting it out with his son, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to claim right over the party symbol – the cycle. However, while speaking to the press, while on his way to the Election Commission, Mulayam dismissed the spat between him and Akhilesh. Not just that, he also blamed ‘one person’ for the mess within the party. In all probabality , he was hinting at his cousin and senior party leader Ramgopal Yadav, who is siding with Akhilesh in the feud.

“There is no rift between me and my son Akhilesh Yadav. My son is being provoked by one person,” said Mulayam.

Mulayam made a trip to the Election Commission along with his brother Shivpal Singh and his loyalist Amar Singh.

In his defence, Mulayam also told the Commission that the convention called by Akhilesh Yadav camp that declared the CM the party chief, was “unconstitutional”. Sources reveal that he told the EC that Ramgopal Yadav, who had called the convention, was expelled from the party before that and, therefore, the meeting was unconstitutional as per Samajwadi Paryt’s constitution.

Mulayam also contested the affidavits of party leaders submitted by the Akhilesh faction owing allegiance to his son. Mulayam alleged that those affidavits were forged and urged the Commission to verify them.

He also argued that no resolution had been passed by any faction of the party removing him from the party chief’s post.

Meanwhile, Mulayam also sought Ramgopal’s expulsion from the Rajya Sabha as parliamentary party leader of Samajwadi Party.

“Chairman Rajya Sabha has received letter frm Sh. Mulayam S Yadav, intimating expulsion of Sh. Ramgopal Yadav from SP — will be duly examined,” OSD to the Rajya Sabha  hairman
Gurdeep Singh Sappal tweeted.

On Sunday, Mulayam held a press conference where he asserted that he continued to be the president of the party.

“I am the national president of Samajwadi Party and Akhilesh Yadav is (only) the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. Shivpal Yadav is still the president of Samajwadi Party’s Uttar Pradesh unit,” Mulayam had said on Sunday evening.

On the same day Ramgopal too gave a statement where he ruled out any rapprochement between the two factions.

“4-6 people have misled Netaji (Mulayam) into believing he enjoys the support of 200 MLAs. They stand exposed now,” Ramgopal Yadav had announced on Sunday.

(With inputs from PTI)