The Election Commission on Friday reserves its order in the Samajwadi Party election symbol dispute case.
The poll panel heard the warring sides of SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav with the latter first placing his arguments and claiming that the majority of legislators are with him.
During the first part of the hearing, the Akhilesh camp, represented by senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, argued that the majority of MPs, MLAs and MLCs as well as the SP delegates are with Akhilesh.
The Mulayam camp put forth its arguments later, claiming that the convention in which Mr. Akhilesh Yadav was anointed as the party chief was against the SP constitution.
After the split in the party last week, the factions led by Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mr. Akhilesh Yadav had approached the EC, staking claim over the party and the symbol.
Both sides had also submitted some documents to further their claim and the EC had given them time till Monday to provide signed affidavits of legislators and office-bearers to claim control over the party’s name and symbol.
The side which has the support of majority (50 per cent plus 1) MPs, MLAs, MLCs and delegates will gain an upper hand in the fight to control the party founded 25 years ago. The election for phase one in Uttar Pradesh is on February 11, 2017.