Ram Gopal Yadav bats for CM Akhilesh Yadav' right over cycle
New Delhi: Senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Ram Gopal Yadav reached at the Election Commission office here on Saturday to claim his right over the 'cycle' symbol on behalf of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Ram Gopal Yadav, who was sacked from the party for six years by SP's parliamentary board, claimed that all the attempts of truce within the two sections of party – led by Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav – have failed.
Claiming that the Akhilesh Yadav-led SP has support of 90 per cent of the party leaders, Ram Gopal said that he submitted affidavits of 4,716 out of total 5,731 delegates in the EC.
"EC has given us time till January 9 to settle down the differences over the election symbol, but we have provided all the relevant documents, in seven cartoons having more than 1.5 lakh pages, to authenticate our right on the election symbol," said Ram Gopal Yadav to the reporters after meeting with the EC officials.
"Prima facie SP led by Akhilesh Yadav is the real Samajwadi Party. Hence, we have right over the cycle symbol," added Ram Gopal Yadav.
Earlier in the day on Saturday, Mulayam Singh Yadav called for a meeting with party leaders at his residence which was joined by Shivpal Yadav, Azam Khan, Narad Rai, Omprakash Singh, Vidhan Sabha speaker Mata Prasad Pandey and a few more. After the meeting, Ambika Chaudhary asserted that the internal feud will be over soon and the party members will come together for the UP Assembly polls 2017.
Ram Gopal Yadav claimed on Saturday that Akhilesh Yadav has support of 15 out of 24 MPs, 225 out of 229 MLAs and 68 MLCs, which accounts for around 90 percent of the total strength of the Samajwadi Party.
Earlier on January 2, Mulayam Singh Yadav had also reached at Election Commission office in Delhi along with Shivpal Yadav, Amar Singh and Jaya Prada. In the 45-minute long meeting, Mulayam had handed over a memorandum to the EC officials claiming his right over the party symbol 'cycle'.