Lucknow: The battle between the two factions of the Samajwadi Party has now reached Delhi, with Both Mulayam and Akhilesh reaching Delhi with their aides, to visit the Election Commission's office on Monday. This came after Akhilesh camp hinted that it will stake a claim to the party's symbol 'cycle'.
Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh on Monday said, "Samajwadi Party's election symbol is my signature". Mulayam is set to visit the EC office along with Amar Singh at 2 pm on Monday.
Sources said the new president has to approach the Election Commission according to the party's convention, claiming to be the real Samajwadi Party and stake claim on the party symbol.
As per the party's constitution, the president of the party allots symbols in election.
Admitting that he has taken a 'tough' stand, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday justified the turn of events in the Samajwadi Party.
"Sometimes to protect the ones you love you must make the right decision. What I did today was a tough decision but one that I had to take," Akhilesh tweeted.
The party split on Sunday with a national convention declaring Akhilesh the new national president, a post that was held by his father Mulayam Singh Yadav.
The convention also made Mulayam the Samajwadi Party's patron.