Published: Wed, January 18, 2017
Technology | By Tonya May

Akhilesh meets Mulayam, says ties with Netaji 'unbreakable'

Akhilesh meets Mulayam, says ties with Netaji 'unbreakable'

"Decision on alliance (with Congress) will be taken in a day or two", he said, buoyed by the Election Commission's order recognising him as the President of Samajwadi Party and allowing him to retain the "bicycle" symbol.

Welcoming the decision, Akhilesh's uncle and SP general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav expressed hope that a grand secular alliance will be formed to fight the elections - an apparent reference to a tie-up with the Congress and other smaller outfits. "Family feud has helped him emerge as a powerful leader, he can win the elections this time with or without Mulayam", said Imtiaz Ansari, a student of MBA.

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An Election Commission official said: "The group led by Akhilesh Yadav is the Samajwadi Party and is entitled to use the "cycle" symbol". Akhilesh Yadav had met Mulayam late last night and later tweeted three old pictures-one with his father and two of the 1 January national convention with the message "cycle chalti jayegi, aage badte jayegi" (cycle will keep moving forward). They seemed to have negotiated with Akhilesh camp behind the scenes, laying ground for a formal announcement after Akhilesh was given command of the party by the Election Commission. Reports are rife that Akhilesh's SP is hinting to have an alliance with Congress and face the elections. Mulayam has appointed Amar Singh as president of this new party and has invited all interested senior leaders to join. Biggest relief is that I won't be required to take the blame for 4th place since there won't even be a 4th place now. Party insiders said he was preparing a new list of candidates, dropping tainted nominees and giving ticket to deserving ones. Akhilesh is now ready to accommodate most of the names suggested by his father in the party's final list in order to avoid fresh confrontations within the Yadav clan, sources said. In Akhilesh's leadership, we will strive to make a progressive, secular and just government in UP.

Meanwhile, former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who was being projected by Congress as the UP CM candidate, said if the alliance materialises, she would step aside in favour of Akhilesh.

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