New Delhi: Samajwadi Party (SP) patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati shared the dais for the first time, after infamous 1995 guest house incident, at a joint rally of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in Mainpuri district of Uttar Pradesh on Friday. In the historic rally for ongoing Lok Sabha elections 2019, Mayawati attacked PM Modi and called him a ‘fake OBC’.
“Isme koi sandeh nahi hai ki inhone (Mulayam) SP ke banner ke tale UP mein sabhi samaj ke logon ko apni party mein joda hai. Ye PM Modi ki tarah nakli veh farzi pichde varg ke nahi hain, Mulayam ji asli hain. janam-jaat pichde varg ke hain, Mayawati said.
She also campaigned Mulayam and asked people to vote for the SP founder in Mainpuri. This time, Mulayam Singh Yadav is contesting from Mainpuri constituency in the Lok Sabha elections 2019 instead of Azamgarh. She exuded confidence and said that Mulayam will register thumping victory from the LS seat. “I am sure.. SP’s patron Mulayam singh ji will win with a Historic mandate,” Mayawati said.
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Responding to critics who raised questions on BSP-SP alliance, Mayawati, a former Uttar Pradesh CM said,”They want to know why I had entered an alliance despite my past equations with Mulayam Singh ji and the state guest house episode. But we are sometimes have to take such tough decisions, keeping national interests in mind.”
Notably, the SP patriarch and the BSP supremo were at loggerheads since 1995 following the alleged attack on the latter at the state guest house by Samajwadi Party workers.
About 1995 Guest House Incident
Back then, the SP-BSP coalition had formed an alliance to stop the BJP juggernaut from winning the UP elections in 1993. But in 1995, Mayawati withdrew support, leading to the fall of the Mulayam Singh government.
On June 2, 1995, angry SP workers marched into the Meerabai Guest House in Lucknow where Mayawati was in a meeting with her MLAs. Reports said her room was vandalised, casteist and sexual slurs were thrown about, and she was beaten up. The BSP MLAs present in the room failed to protect her.
Then, BJP MLA Brahm Dutt Dwivedi escorted Mayawati to safety. After the episode, Mayawati went on to form the government with the BJP’s help.