Congress fears Akhilesh without 'cycle' a weak bet for tie-up, thinks new symbol won’t have impact. With a split looming over Samajwadi Party , there are concerns in Congress about the efficacy of an alliance with the Akhilesh Yadav faction, with which it is likely to tie up for the Uttar Pradesh elections.
Congress strategists are worried about the fate of Samajwadi Party's election symbol. They would prefer that Akhilesh gets the 'cycle', which the voters easily identify with.
An alliance between Akhilesh Yadav and Congress is on the cards but all eyes are on Monday, when the Election Commission is likely to hear and decide the rival petitions staking claim to the 'cycle'.
For Congress, it is of critical importance. Senior members argue that if the Akhilesh faction has to contest elections on a new symbol, it would be difficult to spread the message of its new identity to every nook and corner of the vast state. That the elections have been announced makes it serious. "If it had happened two months ago, there would have been time to sensitise voters about the symbol," a senior member said.
lt. The Yadav scion has secured an overwhelming support in SP's legislature groups as well as the organization's executive bodies — the principal criteria for allotment of an election symbol in case of a dispute in a political party.