After 24 years rivalry, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati and the Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav shared the dais at a poll rally in Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh on Friday.
The SP-BSP alliance was greeted among the huge masses with the Mulayam Singh Yadav greeting the BSP chief for accepting the invitation in Mainpuri.
Mulayam Singh Yadav will contest for Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat.
Yadav said, “I am thankful to Mayawati and would remain obliged to her for coming here to seek vote for me.”
He added, “Always extended respect to Mayawati ji because she has always stood by us in the times of need. I am happy she has come here to seek vote for me.”
Mayawati and Mulayam Singh shared the stage back in 1995.
Mayawati sat between Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav. She recalled the “2nd June 1995 guest house incident” when she was attacked by SP workers after parting ways with Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Mayawati on lending her support to the Samajwadi Party said, “There is no message in it (coming together at one stage). He (Mulayam Singh) has given representation to every section of society in the Samajwadi Party. He is not a fake backward community member. Mulayam ji is from real backward, has always been from the backward community unlike PM Modi.”
She pointed her alliance after two decades with SP is aimed at “defeating the BJP” in the Lok Sabha elections.
SP and BSP share 78 out of 80 parliamentary seats leaving aside Amethi and Rae Bareilly for Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi.