New Delhi: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav’s wife and Kannauj MP Dimple Yadav on Thursday touched the feet of Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on stage at a Mahagathbandhan rally in Kannauj.

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Clad in a green and pink saree, Dimple bent to seek Mayawati’s blessings before taking a seat next to her on the podium. (Touching the feet of elders is a sign of reverence in Hindu culture)

With Dimple Yadav touching the feet of BSP chief, the relations of Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party are officially out of a deep freeze. Dimple bending down to seek Mayawati’s blessings also sent out a stern message to the Opposition- the Mahagathbandhan is here to sail through tough waters- if any.

Since the coming together of two of Uttar Pradesh’s biggest parties, BJP leaders have often taken digs at this ‘farzi frienship’- with several leaders predicting that the grand alliance will fall apart on the day of the counting of votes (May 23).

PM Modi was recently quoted at a rally saying, “The farzi dosti of bua and babua will also end the same way… the date of this friendship has been fixed. May 23, Thursday, this farzi dosti will fall apart… that day bua and babua will start part 2 of their rivalry.”

THE HISTORY

When former rivals SP, BSP stitched a poll alliance, Mayawati avowed that she has set aside the ghosts of 1995 Guest House incident. Reportedly, Samajwadi Party workers had attacked a state guest house where the BSP chief was camping with her supporters. The immediate provocation was Mayawati’s decision to withdraw from the government and join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Since then the SP, BSP became arch rivals. But now with the SP-BSP-RLD poll pact looking at wresting majority of seats in Uttar Pradesh, both Mulayam and the BSP chief are believed to have amicably resolved their differences.

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Ministers Mayawati and Mulayam Singh Yadav also shared a stage for the first time in 25 years on April 19- where the BSP chief praised the Samajwadi Party founder and dubbed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “a fake backward”.

Addressing a public meeting in Mainpuri, Mulayam Singh Yadav’s bastion, after a 48-hour curb on her by the Election Commission ended, Mayawati thundered, “Mulayam Singh is not a fake backward like Modi.”

“He (Mulayam) is a real backward as he was born in a backward community while Modi is a fake backward and everyone knows that during his tenure in Gujarat he made his forward community backward,” she said.

Dimple Yadav is seeking re-election from Kannauj this Lok Sabha election. She will again face the BJP’s Subrat Pathak, whom she had defeated in 2014.

 

With IANS inputs