Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav addressing a press conference at Shastri Bhawan In Lucknow on Tuesday. Express photo by Vishal Srivastav 21.10.2014

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akilesh Yadav’s mentor and uncle, Ram Gopal Yadav will meet the Election Commission today reportedly to seek rights to the Samajwadi Party symbol cycle, a day after his father staked claim to it, declaring that the party’s “election symbol is my signature”. Amid a bitter family feud that has torn apart the state’s ruling party. The simmering power tussle within the Samajwadi Party – that has the father and son ranged against each other – turned into a full-blown war following Akiilesh Yadav’s hostile takeover of the symbol-with its easy and established recall – should be considered his political property as the Samajwadi Party cleaves just ahead of the election in Utter Pradesh. Mulayam Singh, 77 met the powerful Election Commission accompanied by trusted advisor and younger brother Shivpal Yadav a top-line contributing factor to Akilesh Yadav’s hostile takeover on Sunday of the Samajwadi Party. Yadav’s hit list Mr.Singh has reportedly lined up a slew of legal experts to back the argument that Mulayam Singh the Chief of the original Samajwadi Party and is therefore the rightful owner of the cycle symbol.