First step by Akhilesh Yadav, giant leap by Mayawati | Lucknow News

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Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav may have driven down to Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati’s residence to greet her on the day the SP-BSP alliance won the Gorakhpur and Phoolpur byelections in March last year, it was SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav who was the first to thank her for her support to his party’s candidate and described it as a game changer.

Mulayam had congratulated Mayawati on phone the day the results were declared to express his gratitude for BSP’s support.

Since then, both BSP and SP have slowly but surely come closer, finally culminating in an unprecedented political development – the forging of a formidable SP-BSP alliance, leaving behind decades of rivalry, to challenge the BJP in UP.

If the credit goes to Akhilesh for firming up the alliance with his party’s political enemy with his flexible and accommodative approach by contesting on just 35 seats while giving 38 to BSP, it is Mayawati drawing up strategy to percolate the feeling of bonhomie at the top to the party grassroots.

It was none other than Mayawati’s idea to campaign for Mulayam in the Mainpuri parliamentary constituency, and even share the dais with her erstwhile political rival and seek votes for him.

With Shivpal Yadav splitting from the Yadav family to float his own party and challenging the alliance in all the 80 Lok Sabha constituencies and Mulayam Singh also seen as sulking, many feared this may send confusing signals to Muslims and OBCs, said party sources.

“It was felt that Mulayam has to be on board of the alliance and play a proactive role to ensure success against the BJP by avoiding any splitting of Muslim and Yadav votes. This led Mayawati to take this decision,” revealed a senior BSP functionary.

By sharing dais with Mulayam and seeking votes for him, Mayawati wants to send a strong message to her cadres for voting decisively for SP candidates

In the first phase of joint rallies , Mayawati has decided to campaign for Yadav family members Dimple, Dharmendra, Akshay and Mulayam to fortify the alliance further.

Out of the 11 joint rallies of the SP and BSP declared so far, nine are being held where Samajwadi Party candidates are contesting and only two joint rallies in Saharanpur and Agra, which are seats where BSP will field candidates.



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