NEW DELHI - The Indian electoral commission resolved on Monday a quarrel that had divided one of the most powerful political dynasties in the country, by giving the politician Akhilesh Yadav the most recognizable advantage of his party: the image of a bicycle .
In a democracy with 287 million illiterates, the simple party symbols that appear on ballots often count more for voters than the names of candidates.
"A lot of people just look at the symbol and vote," said KFWilfred, the senior secretary for judicial affairs at the electoral commission."When they don't have a permanent symbol, the branding of this political party comes out through the window."
For the Samajwadi State Party of Uttar Pradesh - led for years by Mr.Yadav, 43, and his father, Mulayam Singh Yadav - this symbol was the bicycle Akhilesh Yadav, who is now the chief minister of the state, fell with his father after dismissing two ministers accused of corruption and was briefly expelled from the party.The father and the son each sought complete control of the block and the image.
The electoral commission decided that since most party lawmakers supported the young Mr.Yadav, he could use the bicycle in future state polls.He rode a Mercedes bicycle to campaign in 2014, dragged by his security information, and has spoken publicly about its meaning as a symbol.