Mainpuri: Once arch-rivals, Samajwadi Party (SP) founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati are likely to share the dais for the first time, after 1995, at a joint rally of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Mainpuri district of Uttar Pradesh on Friday for ongoing Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

The SP patriarch and the BSP supremo have been bitter rivals since 1995 following the alleged attack on the latter at the state guest house by Samajwadi Party workers. (Full coverage on Lok Sabha Elections)

According to a PTI report, Mulayam Singh, who is contesting the general elections from party’s bastion Mainpuri, was not too keen on attending Friday’s rally but was cajoled by his son and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav who has confirmed the SP founder’s presence at the event, scheduled to be held at Christian Field.

Meanwhile, preparations are underway for the rally to send out a message to the political opponents of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance. A grand tent is being set up while food packets for about 35,000 people will be prepared, SP district unit president of Mainpuri, Khuman Singh Verma informed.

The mega show will witness Akhilesh Yadav along with Mayawati and Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh address the rally in the presence of Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is expected to reach the venue by noon.

In Uttar Pradesh, as per their seat-sharing agreement, SP is contesting on 37 seats and the BSP on 38. Three seats have been given to the RLD.

Mulayam Singh had managed to defeat both BJP and BSP from Mainpuri in 2014 by a massive margin. For Lok Sabha Elections 2019, the BJP has pitted Prem Singh Shakya against the SP patriarch.

Infamous Guest House Incident of 1995

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.

Mainpuri will vote in the ongoing Lok Sabha Elections 2019 in the third phase on April 23. The counting of votes will be conducted on May 23. Voting for seven-phase Lok Sabha polls began on April 11 and will conclude on May 19.