EC reserves its order on SP name, 'cycle' symbol; decision likely on Monday

EC reserves its order on SP name,






EC reserves its order on SP name, 'cycle' symbol; decision likely on Monday


New Delhi: The Election Commission today completed the hearing on the claims of the Samajwadi Party's rival camps for party name and symbol but reserved its verdict. Lawyer of the Akhilesh camp Kapil Sibal told reporters after the five-hour-long meeting that the Commission was likely to give its verdict on January 16. The matter went to the Commission after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had declared himself as SP national president replacing his father and SP founder-leader Mulayam Singh Yadav following months of power struggle in the family. Mulayam and his younger brother Shivpal Singh Yadav plus Mr Amar Singh were ranged on one side and Mr Akhilesh Yadav and the SP patriarch's cousin Ramgopal Yadav in the other camp. The Commission has to decide by January 17 when the notification for the first phase of polls in Uttar Pradesh would be issued. Both the camps had assured the Commission that they would abide by its decision, Mr Sibal said.

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