EC reserves order in Samajwadi Party election symbol dispute case

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New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) after listening both the fractions of Samajwadi Party over the ‘Cycle’ symbol issue has reserved its order today and like to give its decision one or two days.

Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal who is representing Akhilesh Yadav’s side over the claim of Samajwadi Party’s symbol issue, today said after coming out from the EC office and briefed media persons that his side has kept their point before the EC after having discussion for about more than five and half hours.

Her added, that EC has listen both the side and has kept its order reserved on the issue and is likely to give its decision in coming one or two days.

Earlier, the Election Commission commenced hearing on the symbol war between SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh where the latter first placed his arguments claiming that the majority of legislators is with the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister

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During the first part of the hearing, the Akhilesh camp, represented by senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, argued that the majority of MPs, MLAs and MLCs as well as the SP delegates are with Akhilesh

Once the hearing resumes later today, the Mulayam camp will place its arguments claiming that the convention in which Akhilesh was anointed as the party chief was against the SP constitution.

The EC may come out with an interim order if it is unable to decide on the case before January 17 as the process of filing nominations for the first phase of UP polls will begin on that day.

The side which has the support of majority (50 per cent plus 1) MPs, MLAs, MLCs and delegates will gain an upper hand in the fight to control the party founded 25 years ago. The election for phase one in UP is on February 11th.

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