New Delhi: The Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the coming Lok Sabha elections hasn’t gone down well with the BJP, even though it has been months now. The saffron party has had several leaders, over time, take potshots at the SP-BSP for their new-found camaraderie. (Also read: BJP to Release First List of 100 Candidates on Saturday)

Making light of the SP-BSP alliance, senior BJP leader and Union Minister Uma Bharti said on Friday that the last time BSP chief Mayawati was attacked by SP men, BJP’s Brahm Dutt Dwivedi rescued her and this time around, since the leader is no more, she would be willing to help out.

She said, “Jab rest house mein un par hamla hua tha tab Brahm Dutt Dwivedi Ji the. Ab woh nahi hain toh main hun ab. Jaise hi unko sankat aaye toh mera mobile number rakhein aur turant mujhe phone karein. SP ke log un par hamla karenge zaroor (When she was attacked at the guest house, Brahm Dutt Dwivedi ji rescued her. Now that he is no more (Dwivedi was murdered in 1997), she can save my number and contact me. SP members will definitely attack her.”

Bharti was referring to the infamous incident of 1995 when there were reports of the BSP pulling out of the alliance it had with the SP. SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav was the chief minister then. On June 2 evening, some SP MLAs and district-level leaders reached the state guest house in Lucknow, where Mayawati, then general secretary of the BSP, was meeting her MLAs to discuss their next step.

What happened has since been referred to as the “Guest House episode”. MLAs and workers of the SP surrounded the guest house,  forcing Mayawati to lock herself in a room while they detained several of her MLAs, claiming they had defected to the SP.

Then Dwivedi, a BJP MLA who was present, is believed to have stepped in protect Mayawati against possible physical assault by SP leaders and workers. Lucknow SSP O P Singh, who is now the state DGP, was widely criticised for not taking steps to prevent the violence.