Publicly patching up their bitter rivalry spanning decades, Samajwadi Party (SP) founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati shared the dais at a campaign rally in Mainpuri today, reports The Times of India.
The BSP chief called Yadav the ‘real leader’ of backward communities, contrasting him with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whom she referred to as farzi (fake).
Mayawati had cut all ties with the SP following the incident at Meerabai Guest House, where she was physically attacked by SP workers.
The crowd at the Christian College ground where the rally was being held was primarily made up of supporters of the SP.
"I and Mayawati are on the same dais after a long time, we welcome and thank her...", Mulayam said while addressing the crowd.
Mayawati explained her move to join hands with the SP by saying that tough decisions need to be made at times when it comes to the interests of the party or the public.
"I know people must be wondering why I have come here to campaign for Mulayam Singhji despite the State Guest House case...sometimes in janhit (people’s interest) and party movement some difficult decisions have to be taken," she said.