Samajwadi Party: Akhilesh meets Mulayam as fight over party symbol escalates

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Mulayam had just returned from Delhi, where he met the EC to stake his claim on the party’s ‘cycle’ symbol.

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With the two factions of the Samajwadi Party standing at the doors of Election Commission, Uttar Pradesh chief minister and the party’s incumbent president Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday arrived at Mulayam Singh Yadav’s residence in Lucknow. Mulayam Singh had just returned from the national capital, where he met with EC officials to stake claim on the party’s electoral symbol – cycle – and met suspended party leader and close aide Amar Singh on Monday.

Party general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Ram Gopal Yadav is in New Delhi to put forth Akhilesh Yadav’s claim as the new national president of...

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2-Hour Meet For Akhilesh-Mulayam Floats Hope But No Truce (Yet): 10 Facts

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NEW DELHI:  Akhilesh Yadav and estranged father Mulayam Singh Yadav are making a renewed effort at a truce to keep their Samajwadi Party from cracking in two just ahead of the election in Uttar Pradesh. After a meeting that expanded beyond two hours, sources said a peace treaty was discussed with these compromises: Mulayam Singh, who was replaced as party president on the weekend by his son, will reassume top boss role; Akhilesh Yadav will help decide the party’s candidates; and Shivpal Yadav, who is Mulayam Singh’s brother and a long-standing red flag for Akhilesh Yadav, will be granted a national role in party affairs, allowing the Chief Minister some more breathing space in Lucknow...
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When Will Uttar Pradesh, Punjab Vote? Election Commission To Announce Dates Today For 5 States

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With announcement of assembly elections to five states set to be made at noon today, the Election Commission held a meeting with Chief Electoral Officers of poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa to fine tune the arrangements.

The law and order situation in Manipur due to road blockade by some Naga groups was the focus of attention of the Election Commission, sources said.

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At the meeting, the assessment of the law and order situation, deployment of polling personnel, safety and electronic voting machines and strict implementation of the model code of conduct also came up for discussion.

In its report to the Election Commission, the Union Home Ministry has conveyed that ground situation in M...

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Gujarat civic polls: BJP wins two municipalities, one taluka panchayat

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Ahmedabad: In a boost to BJP after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation move, the party has captured two municipalities and one taluka panchayat in local bodies polls, the results of which were declared on Tuesday.

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In the ongoing vote counting, BJP is also ahead on 23 out of 31 other seats of various municipalities, taluka and district panchayats where by-polls were held.

As per the final result declared by the Gujarat State Election Commission, BJP has registered victory in Vapi municipality of Valsad district by capturing 41 out of total 44 seats.

Only three seats went to Congress in the recently held polls to this local body. Vapi municipality was earlier held by BJP.

Similarly, BJP made a near clean swe...

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