Rivals for more than twenty five years in electoral politics, the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) — Mulayam Singh and Mayawati shared a stage in Mainpuri district of Uttar Pradesh on Friday during a rally for the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.
The Yadav stronghold of central Uttar Pradesh has 10 seat which goes to polls on the 23rd of April, it’s a bastion for the SP. The move is significant because the father Mulayam Singh Yadav publicly opposed his sons decision to ally with the BSP – Mayawati.
The SP leader Mulayam Singh in the rally today said, “Mainpuri is our district and the people are our people. Today Mayawati ji is here and we welcome her and I will not forget this. I appeal to you that Mayawati ji should always be respected because whenever the need has arisen, she has supported us. We are very happy that she is here today to support us”.
Mayawati too addressed the gathering, she couldn’t stop praising Mulayam Singh Yadav, she said, “There is no doubt that under Mulayam Singh’s leadership and under the SP banner, people of all strata of society have come together and he has taken along people of all other backward classes.”
The BSP chief took the opportunity to take a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well saying, “PM Narendra Modi, when he was the chief minister in Gujarat, had worked only for the benefit of the upper classes masquerading as backward classes. He portrayed himself as belonging to the backward classes, misused it in the past elections and became the PM.”
The BSP supremo added that “unlike PM Modi, Mulayam Singh does not make false promises and does not come from a false background either. Mulayam ji is a true leader and has a pedigree.”
The leader of the backward classes went on to question the Prime Minister Modi on jobs, vacant positions and justified that the present circumstances in the nation forced her to “join hands with the SP to contest these elections.”
Source : Various