The Congress leadership is said to have been in regular touch with Akhilesh all through the crisis in the SP. Sources claim that both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have been speaking to Akhilesh directly.
He, however, said that fight between both the factions of the party - one led by party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and the other by his son Akhilesh - is expected in at least 30 constituencies.
"The Election Commission asked us to submit affidavits by January 9th of the documents.
BusinessLine has learnt that out of the 403 constituencies, the Congress and the RLD might get 100-120 seats, while the SP is likely to contest in 280-300 seats.
In an apparent last minute attempt to end the internal war in the Samajwadi Party, party leader Shivpal Yadav on Friday met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
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On Monday, Mulayam Singh had met the Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi to stake his claim over the party's symbol "cycle".
"On directives of national president Akhilesh Yadav, state president Naresh Uttam today appointed new district presidents in Mainpuri, Moradabad, Fatehpur, Etawah, Farukhabad, Firozabad and Hardoi districts", a press release issued by the Akhilesh Yadav camp said. He requested that Mulayam send Shivpal to Delhi for assuming a part in National Politics. However, within 24- hours Mulayam Singh revoked the explusion.
Shivpal rushed to the CM's residence on Friday morning. Mulayam himself needed to bring some trade off and he requesting that he come meet him. "He does not want this to happen at this crucial juncture with the polls just over a month away", the insider explains.
Mulayam had called an emergency convention of the party executive on the 5th of January to dispel the confusions around the party president which has been taken over by Akhilesh and company which was suddenly called off. "This time we are planning to distribute smart phones", he added.