The alliance between Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) shocked many as it was not just the coming together of parties but two leaders who have always locked horns against each other following differences in 1995, that only widened thereafter. Ever since the announcement of the alliance, the former arch-rivals Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati have come together for the first time at the  Thursday joint rally. They not only shared the stage but spoke for each other too. Mayawati, who never lost an opportunity to attack  Mulayam after the 1995 infamous guest house incident shared the dais with him after a gap of 24 years.

Mayawati, praising Mulayam said the former UP chief minister has always unified the people of the state and was a genuine person, unlike Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She said that it was only in the interest of the party and country that BSP decided to stitch an alliance with SP for the general elections. She added that the situation was such that a Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) was necessary.  Mulayam’s son, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav was also present at the rally.

Urging to vote for SP-BSP alliance, Mayawati said people should vote to defeat both Congress and BJP. Attacking PM Modi-led BJP, she said party’s claims for the poor and OBCs were all lies.  Praising Mulayam, Mayawati said she was hopeful that three-times UP chief minister will win from Mainpuri. She said Mulayam will ensure the upliftment of backward classes.

Defending BSP’s alliance with SP, Mayawati said sometimes in the interest of the party some difficult decisions have to be made and hence, an alliance was needed. Attacking Modi, she said the Prime Minister was a fake OBC leader while Mulayam was the real one as backwards still consider the latter as their leader.

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