Lucknow: Samajwadi Party (SP) founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, archrivals for over two decades, came together during a joint rally of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri on Friday.
Mayawati sought votes for foe-turned-friend SP patriarch, who is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Mainpuri, a Samajwadi Party stronghold. The joint rally began at Christian College Ground in Mainpuri.
Mulayam Singh Yadav has represented Mainpuri in the Lok Sabha for more than 15 years and will contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election from this seat.
Addressing the rally, Mulayam thanked Mayawati for her support and campaigning for him in Mainipuri. “Aaj Mayawati ji ayi hain, unka hum swagat karte hain, aadar karte hain. Hume khushi hai ki hamare samarthan ke liye wo ayi hain. (We welcome and honour Mayawati ji who has come here to support us).”
‘Mulayam is true leader of the oppressed and backward castes’
Mayawati too extolled Mulayam. She said there was no doubt that the Samajwadi Party under Mulayam Singh Yadav had worked for the progress of all sections of society in Uttar Pradesh.
She said Mulayam was the true leader of the oppressed and backward castes. “I hope that you will vote Mulayam Singh Yadav to power with record votes,” she said.
The BSP supremo slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and told the crowd that the PM does not have any concern for people of backward classes.
Mulayam and Mayawati have been political rivals since 1995 when the latter withdrew support from the SP. She and her supporters, who were camping at the UP state guest house, were allegedly attacked by SP supporters.
An SP leader said that the rally at the Christian Field sent out a message to political opponents that the alliance against the BJP in Uttar Pradesh shares a strong bond.