Samajwadi Party

Samajwadi Party or SP is a state party that has strong roots in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The party is represented through the election symbol 'cycle'. Mulayam Singh Yadav or 'netaji' founded the party and is its current chief. However, on January 1, 2017, his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, took over the party as its president in what is being termed as a coup. The party is currently in power in Uttar Pradesh and has five seats in the 16th Lok Sabha and 19 seats in Rajya Sabha. In 2014, ahead of Lok Sabha elections, there was a proposal to merge like-minded parties that include the JD(U) and RJD, but the plan did not materialise.
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UP polls: Election Commission granting Akhilesh the cycle might influence 2017 elections result

While Mayawati has been projecting her party as the only force to take on the saffron brigade in the face of a weakened Samajwadi Party, BJP on its part is seeking to capitalise by promising development and law and order.

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Lalu Prasad, son Tejaswi to campaign for Akhilesh Yadav in UP elections

Lalu Prasad said his party Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) won’t contest in Uttar Pradesh to strengthen the ruling Samajwadi Party.

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Congress confirms alliance with Samajwadi Party for UP polls; Sheila Dikshit may step aside

Uttar Pradesh elections: Akhilesh confirmed that an alliance with the Congress was certain and an announcement will be made in the next few days.

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Uttar Pradesh elections: Decision on alliance with Congress very soon, says Akhilesh Yadav

Akhilesh had earlier said that if the Congress and SP formed an alliance, they could win over 300 seats.

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Akhilesh Yadav gets Samajwadi Party cycle, father Mulayam Singh loses battle of symbol

Following the feud between father and son over ticket distribution and control of the Samajwadi Party, the duo had approached the election commission to stake claim over the party symbol.

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Samajwadi Party feud: Will accept whatever Election Commission decides, says Mulayam Singh Yadav on poll symbol

Samajwadi Party feud: Election Commission will pronounce its order on the party symbol today

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Samajwadi Party feud leaves shopkeepers selling party posters in distress

The Election Commission on Friday reserved its judgement on the dispute over the Samajwadi Party’s ‘cycle’

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SP fight over cycle symbol: EC to pass interim order on Jan 17

The commission is expected to pass an interim order before the notification of polls in Uttar Pradesh on January 17.

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EC reserves order on Samajwadi Party’s cycle symbol

Both the camps have staked claim to the party symbol for the upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh.

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Samajwadi Party highlights: After four-hour hearing, EC reserves order on party symbol

The Samajwadi Party, mired in a fierce fight between Shivpal and Akhilesh, faces a four-way election in Uttar Pradesh

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Samajwadi Party feud to end? Mulayam Singh meets Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow

Samajwadi Party feud: Will today’s meeting between Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav end the infighting?

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Day before EC test, Mulayam Singh says he is still Samajwadi Party president

On the other hand, Ram Gopal asserted that the faction headed by Akhilesh is the real party.

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Over 90 per cent delegates with SP led by Akhilesh Yadav: Ramgopal Yadav

“EC gave time till January 9 but we have submitted all relevant documents. We brought 7 cartons with more than 1.5 lakh pages,” Ramgopal said.

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SP feud shameful, dangerous for democratic ethics: Uma Bharti

“The family feud for grabbing power is a shameful act and dangerous for democratic ethics,” said Bharti.

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Chances bright for Congress-SP tie-up in UP

Reports were doing the rounds that Akhilesh was likely to meet Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in Delhi early next week and a deal could be struck.