After decades of rivalry, BSP chief Mayawati and SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav today shared the stage at a joint rally of SP-BSP alliance in Mainpuri, Uttar Pradesh. Mainpuri is the stronghold of the Samajwadi Party. This is the first time both the leaders — Mayawati and Mulayam — have shared the dais after infamous guesthouse incident in 1995 when some Samajwadi Party leaders had allegedly attacked the BSP chief. Addressing the first rally after coming together, Mulayam Singh Yadav asked his supporters to always respect Mayawati.
This is also the first time after that episode both the parties came together to take on the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). The SP is contesting on 37 seats, while BSP is fighting on 38 of 80 seats. Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati have already addressed three joint rallies at Deoband, Badaun and Agra in UP. However, Mulayam was not present in any of these rallies. The SP patriarch is contesting from the party bastion of Mainpuri.