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EC to soon decide on SP’s ‘cycle’ symbol based on precedents

 M Post Bureau |  2017-01-05 00:23:38.0  |  New Delhi

The Election Commission (EC) will soon take a view based on precedents and set principles on the dispute over the cycle poll symbol, on which two factions in the Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh (UP) have staked claims.

“The Commission, as per the symbol order, while keeping in mind precedents and set principles followed till now, will examine the documents before us and will take an appropriate decision at the right time,” Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi told reporters.

The two factions - one headed by SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and the other by his son Akhilesh Yadav - have staked a claim on the party’s poll symbol and have presented their case before the Election Commission.

Sources in the Commission said it will follow paragraph 15 of the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968 to proceed on the dispute. It gives power to the Commission “in relation to splinter groups or rival sections of a recognised political party”. Zaidi said in the last two-three days, the EC has received representations - one from Mulayam Singh Yadav and the other from Ram Gopal Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav. on Tuesday evening, a detailed document was presented by Ram Gopal Yadav.

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