New Delhi: Enthused by the public response to their alliance in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav said on Thursday that the SP-BSP would give the country its new Prime Minister. (Catch All Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Action Here)
Addressing an election rally in Kannauj, from where his wife Dimple Yadav is contesting, Akhilesh and his ally Mayawati displaed solidarity. In fact, media reports noted how Dimple touched Mayawati’s feet at the venue.
Interestingly, the two parties have been rivals since their very public spat in 1995. However, ever since they came together this time, both party’s chiefs have repeatedly stressed that they were committed to working together.
After over two decades, last week Mayawati shared the stage with SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav. The two leaders didn’t see eye to eye since the infamous VVIP guest house case of 1995 where Mayawati and other BSP MLAs were held hostage by SP workers after the former decided to leave its alliance with SP.
However, at Mainpuri’s rally last week, the two leaders spoke highly of each other. While Mayawati called him a real leader, Mulayam said he would never forget her gesture of going to his constituency to campaign for him.
Meanwhile, as far as Kannauj is concerned, Dimple, the sitting MP, had won in 2014 despite the ‘Modi wave’. Pitted as she is against BJP’s Subrat Pathak, Dimple is likely to emerge victorious again with the BSP backing. Reports say Muslims and Scheduled Castes comprise about 30% of the electorate so it may be a little easy for her as the alliance candidate.
Kannauj, along with Shahjahanpur, Kheri, Hardoi, Misrikh, Unnao, Farrukhabad, Etawah, Kanpur, Akbarpur, Jalaun, Jhansi and Hamirpur, goes to poll in the fourth phase on April 29.