After being political rivals for over 24 years, Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati would share a stage at a joint rally of the BSP-SP alliance in Mainpuri on Friday.
It will be the first time that Mulayam will share the stage with Mayawati since 1995 when the infamous guesthouse incident took place in Lucknow.
“Preparations are underway at Christian Field to send out a message that the alliance against the BJP in Uttar Pradesh shares a strong bond,” news agency PTI quoted a Samajwadi Party worker.
Mayawati, Akhilesh, and Ajit Singh will reach Mainpuri by air on Friday afternoon.
The SP founder has already reached Etawah to attend the rally. After landing at the Saifai airstrip on Thursday evening, he said “it will be a historic day”.
When asked about the rally, Mulayam said: “Ask those who are organising it. I have to address it. It will be a historic day. Big leaders of several parties are coming.”
In 1995, Samajwadi Party workers allegedly attacked a guest house where Mayawati was campaigning with her supporters. The attack led to Mayawati’s decision to withdraw from the government and join hands with the BJP.
Mulayam Singh is contesting Lok Sabha elections from Mainpuri had stayed away due to “health issues” from the three joint rallies held earlier in Agra, Badaun and Deoband.
The BJP has never won the Mainpuri seat. Mulayam first won the seat in 1996 and then again in 2004, 2009, and 2014 general elections. The SP also bagged the seat in the 1998 and 1999 Lok Sabha polls and in the 2004 and 2014 bypolls.