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SP turmoil: Mulayam Singh calls off party meet, heads to Delhi to meet EC

Mulayam Singh Yadav has this morning cancelled a Samajwadi Party meeting he had called on Thursday - December 5. SP chief has asked party candidates to head to their constituencies and prepare for the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, to be announced any day this week.

It is being said that sensing the meeting was likely to have been poorly attended with most party workers and leaders siding with his son and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam decided to cancel the meet.

The Samajwadi Party split on Sunday with Akhilesh being declared top boss in place of his father and the party's founder, at a massive show of strength in a public ground in Lucknow.

Mulayam Singh Yadav has declared Akhilesh's meeting and its decisions "illegal."

His younger brother Shivpal Yadav tweeted this morning that Thursday's meeting has been cancelled. Mulayam is headed to Delhi today, where he is expected to meet politician Amar Singh along with Shivpal Yadav.

The chief minister's staunch supporter and Mulayam's cousin Ram Gopal Yadav will visit the Election Commission in Delhi today to stake claim to the Samajwadi Party's "cycle" symbol. The Mulayam Singh Yadav faction too is expected to claim the symbol.

Given that the UP assembly elections are round the corner, the Election Commission could freeze the "cycle" symbol instead of hurriedly granting it to any one side.

Meanwhile CM Akhilesh Yadav tweeted late on Sunday night, "Sometimes to protect the ones you love you must make the right decision. What I did today was a tough decision but one that I had to take."