Samajwadi Party feud is likely to end on Monday as the Election Commission is expected to give a decision on the party symbol and title in favour of Akhilesh Yadav or Mulayam Singh Yadav.
According to sources, Mulayam is confident that he will emerge as a winner in the battle of symbol.
The Samajwadi Party founder and patriarch has not wavered from his plans to fight elections on all 403 seats, with or without Akhilesh, and to the void he may just introduce a new face for chief ministerial candidate – Azam Khan.
Party loyalist since early times, Khan can be Mulayam’s master stroke in elections as he can be the Muslim face of the party, and thus preserving the traditional vote bank of SP with Mulayam camp.
Here are the live updates:
#I have always acted like a bridge. There is fog but not darkness: Azam Khan
#Now the ball is in Election Commission's Court and we will have to wait for its decision (on symbol issue): Azam Khan
#I will not comment on any statement by netaji (Mulayam): Ram Gopal Yadav
#We had come to the Election Commission to urge them to expedite the decision as nominations will start soon: Ram Gopal Yadav
#Mulayam asks Rajya Sabha chairman to remove Ram Gopal Yadav as SP parliamentary party leader
#Election Commission will decide on the symbol: Mulayam Singh Yadav
#Delhi: Ram Gopal Yadav and Naresh Agrawal arrive at Election Commission office
#There is no problem between me and my son (Akhilesh Yadav): Mulayam Singh Yadav
#There is some problem in the party, one person is behind this feud; sure that issues will be resolved: Mulayam Singh Yadav
#Mulayam, Shivpal and Amar Singh visit Election Commission to claim 'cycle'; media address likely at 4PM
#Mulayam, Shivpal reach Election Commission to claim 'cycle'; Amar Singh is with them
#Delegation led by UP CM Akhilesh Yadav will meet Election Commission at 2:30 PM, today
#Shivpal Yadav reaches Mulayam Singh Yadav's residence in Delhi, both will go to Election Commission office at 12:30pm
#Akhilesh starts meeting with several ministers and MLAs to chalk out future strategy