Lucknow, Jan 16: For the Samajwadi Party, the past few months have been chaotic. Election Commission today put an end to the chaos by ruling in favour of Akhilesh Yadav's faction that he can use the Samajwadi Party's original symbol.
Mulayam's faction will now have to contest the election using a new symbol. The verdict od EC is a big boost for Akhilesh who will now contest the Utta Pradesh assembly elections on SP's symbol, the cycle.
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Mulayam Singh Yadav had been holding several meeting with son Akhilesh and recently denied any rift within the party. However, only time will tell if it is too late for the party to work on its election campaign?
Let us take a look at how the Yadav Pari-'War' unfolded:
June 25: SP cancels merger of Quami Ekta Dal which leaves Shivpal Yadav fuming.
August 14: Shivpal threatens to resign.
August 17: Shivpal skips cabinet meeting. Mulayam denies differences
September 12: Akhilesh sacks two tainted ministers and UP Chief Secretary Deepak Singhla close to Shivpal after HC upholds CBI probe into illegal mining.
September 13: Mulayam sacks Akhilesh as SP state president and names Shivpal.
September 15: Shivpal resigns from post of state president and cabinet. A day later Mulayam rejects his resignation.
September 20: Shivpal expels three MLCs and seven Akhilesh supporters from party.
October 23: Akhilesh sacks Shivpal from cabinet.
October 24: Ramgopal Yadav expelled by Mulayam.
December 25: Akhilesh prepares own list of candidates for UP polls.
December 28: Mulayam announces list of 325 candidates.
December 29: Akhilesh releases own list of 235 candidates
December 30: Mulayam expels Akhilesh and Ramgopal Yadav from party for six years.
January 1: National Convention declares Akhilesh Yadav as Samajwadi Party President.
January 2: Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav fight over party's 'Cycle' symbol.
January 3: Ramgopal Yadav meets ECI, says 90 per cent MLAs support Akhilesh Yadav.
January 6: Shivpal Yadav meets Akhilesh Yadav. Meanwhile, Amar Singh says that he has been wrongly accused for the SP feud.
January 8: Mulayam Singh Yadav says there is no dispute in the party. Addressing a press conference, Mulayam said: "I am SP President, Akhilesh the CM."
January 10: Mulayam Singh Yadav meets Akhilesh Yadav, tells him that he (Akhilesh) would be the CM candidate.
January 11: Mulayam says that he will not allow the party to split and that there won't be a change in the party symbol.
January 16: EC rules in favour of Akhilesh Yadav's faction that he can use the Samajwadi Party's original symbol.