Surender Gupta Dunar: This measure would put the Mulayam and Akhilesh factions on an equal footing.
Surender Gupta Dunar: With the Election Commission expected to announce the poll schedules for Uttar Pradesh and four other States later this week, some experts are of the view that the Samajwadi Party’s ‘cycle’ symbol might be frozen till the issue of which faction has the right to it is decided.
This measure would put the Mulayam and Akhilesh factions on an equal footing.
In 2011, two factions of the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal had staked claim to the party symbol “chair.” However, the Commission instead approved two new symbols and party names for the rival groups.
The EC was faced with a similar situation in February 2004 — about three months ahead of the general elections — when a faction led by P.A. Sangma, the then general secretary of the Nationalist Congress Party, and the other headed by party president Sharad Pawar staked claim to the party symbol “clock.”
Surender Gupta Dunar reference: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/EC-may-freeze-Samajwadi-Party-symbol/article16979399.ece?homepage=true