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UP Election 2017: Mulayam Singh Yadav to Contest Against Son Akhilesh

As the Election Commission decided to keep the Samajwadi Party symbol cycle in abeyance, neither of the two father-son groups can use it in electioneering but father Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday said he would contest against his son, unfolding an open war.

Mualaym Singh also said his son is indulging in communal politics, distancing Muslims as his list of MLAs has few Muslims. He also levelled allegations against his son Akhilesh for hobbnobbing with the BJP and in turn making Muslim community turn against Samajwadi Party.

He said his son chose to ignore his bid to hold talks three times and blamed his nephew Ram Gopal Yadav for the split in the party and family. He made Ram Gopal solely responsible for misguiding his son and engineering a split in the party.

He said, "EC decision will come at 4 pm. Tried to convince Akhilesh but he is not realising his mistake." The Election Commission will give its interim order today on the dispute, with the option of freezing their symbol ‘cycle’ most likely to be exercised.

The three-member EC, headed by Nasim Zaidi, will deliver its verdict at 4 PM today as the filing of nominations will begin from Tuesday, January 17.

Noted lawyers Kapil Sibal and Rajeev Dhawan argued the case of Akhilesh Yadav while former solicitor general Mohan Parasaran, appeared for Mulayam’s side, saying there was no split in the party.

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