Did Mulayam Singh approach EC in a casual manner deliberately?
Lucknow: What emerges from the 40-odd page judgement of the Election Commission given on Monday is that it was only chief minister Akhilesh Yadav faction which had complied with its order and fulfilled all the requirements for recognition as a political party and not the other group.
The other group led by his father and Samajwadi Party founder, Mulayam Singh Yadav, had not taken up recognition and symbol issue seriously, whatever may be the reason. Some facts only lead to this conclusion which may be far fetched or erroneous as some people suggest.
One instance is non-submission of evidence by Mulayam group in support of its claim that it was the real Samajwadi Party and that the cycle symbol should be granted to it.
It was the first to meet the electoral body. It had called on the chief election commissioner on Monday when the other group had met him the next day. But it had only made the verbal plea.
It did not submit any supportive document even when the Commission asked to submit affidavits signed by supporting members of assembly and others. Was it because of overconfidence or misreading of the situation? It is difficult to say at present.
On the other hand, the other group taking a serious note had submitted carton-load of papers and evidences. It had also promised to bring all its supporters to Delhi for parade, if needed.
It had convincingly refuted the charge of the Mulayam group that the meeting called to remove him from the president's post was illegal and against the spirit of the party constitution.
In view of all this, the Commission had no option but to grant the symbol to the Akhilesh faction.
Why there was lack of enthusiasm by the Mulayam faction is yet unknown, but it has got tongue clicking. One critic said, "he too wanted his son to win and not his detractor".