Akhilesh snatches ‘cycle’ from Mulayam
स्रोत: News Bharati English      तारीख: 16-Jan-2017

New Delhi/Lucknow, January 16: Coming out as major breakthrough for Akhilesh Yadav the Election Commission has granted the permission to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister to use the Samajwadi Party’s ‘cycle’ symbol for upcoming polls in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Election Commission also recognised Akhilesh Yadav as national president of the party. The EC's decision is considered to be a big political jolt to the Samajwadi Party's chief patron Mulayam singh Yadav where he will play the role of mentor in the battle of UP.

The dispute over the party symbol arose following election of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav as the SP national president at a national convention on January 1.

The three-member EC, headed by Nasim Zaidi, had reserved its judgement after hearing both sides on January 13. Today, it ruled in favour of Akhilesh after examining documents signed by party members advocating support to the young party leader.

The EC's decision has opened the platform for Congress party to fix the alliance with the Akhilesh camp for contesting the upcoming elections.It was senior Congress leader and lawyer Kapil Sibal who represented Akhilesh before EC, which heard both the sides out on Friday.

According to media reports, Akhilesh, who is 43-years old, was considering using the 'motorcycle' symbol if the EC did not ruled in their favour. The motorcycle would have projected a modern and progressive avatar of the humble cycle.

A large number of enthusiastic supporters of Akhilesh assembled at his official residence after they came to know of the EC decision and raised pro-Akhilesh slogans.