Mayawati, Bahujan Samaj Party chief, sat between Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party on stage in Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri, today, scripting a big moment in their new relationship after 24 years of bitter political rivalry. Mayawati and Mulayam Singh had last shared stage in 1995.
Mayawati urged the people of Mainpuri to vote for her once arch-rival and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. She said the BSP and SP have come together in national interest to oust BJP from power at the centre.
Calling PM Modi a ‘nakli’ (fake) backward leader, the BSP chief praised Mulayam Singh for genuinely caring for the marginalised sections of society. She also praised his son and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav for being a true leader.
Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati have been bitter rivals since 1995 when SP cadres allegedly attacked the state guest house where the BSP chief had been camping with her supporters.