16/01/2017 8:07 PM IST | Updated 16/01/2017 8:14 PM IST

All Options Are Open, Says Ram Gopal Yadav Hinting At Alliance With Congress

This comes after the EC gave the cycle symbol to Akhilesh

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NEW DELHI -- Brimming with confidence ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls after the Election Commission on Monday entitled the Akhilesh Yadav camp with the Samajwadi Party's 'cycle' symbol, Ram Gopal Yadav, who is the close aide of the Chief Minister hinted a pre-poll alliance with the Congress.

"We are fully prepared for the elections. It has been mentioned before by Akhilesh himself, but I haven't spoken to the national president but all options are open," Ramgopal told ANI when asked about a possible alliance with the Congress.

Meanwhile, in a major booster, the faction led Akhilesh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party was alloted the 'bicycle' symbol on Monday.

"The Commission hereby announces that the group led by Akhilesh Yadav is the Samajwadi Party and is entitled to use its name and its reserved symbol 'Bicycle' for the purposes of the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968," the order read.

Earlier, Ram Gopal submitted a dossier containing signed affidavits of support for the Akhilesh faction from party delegates, MPs, MLAs and MLCs to the Election Commission. The Akhilesh camp urged the poll body to decide on the matter at the earliest.

Nominations for the first phase of elections in Uttar Pradesh start in few days, but the Samajwadi Party is yet to finalise candidates.

Elections will be held in seven phases in Uttar Pradesh starting February 11, and nominations for the first phase begin on January 17. Votes will be counted on March 11.

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