They have always been fierce rivals, but when SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati came together in Mainpuri in a show of strength and bonhomie, a rally like this had not been seen in UP.
Earlier this week, the EC had barred Adityanath and Mayawati from campaigning for 72 hours and 48 hours, respectively. The two were found guilty of violating the model code of conduct by making provocative statements during election rallies.
Occupying one of the four seats on the dais with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, RLD president Ajit Singh and BSP general secretary S C Misra at the Koti Mina Bazar ground here, Akash Anand was the first one to address the joint rally.
”After Union minister Maneka Gandhi’s threat to voters, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister’s open threat to protesters of ‘remaining unemployed for life’ at a rally shows not only BJP’s arrogance but also its anti-people mentality, which needs to be defeated in the elections,” tweeted Mayawati in Hindi.
Mayawati was scheduled to address a joint rally of the SP-BSP alliance in Agra on Tuesday, while Adityanath was to participate in the nomination road show of Union Minister and Lucknow candidate, Rajnath Singh. The UP CM was also scheduled to address a rally in Nagina in favour of Yashwant Singh.
Sanjay Aparanti, both a doctor and a former IPS officer, had also fought the last Lok Sabha polls, but on an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ticket and from Raigad. This time, with AAP deciding not to contest the polls from the state, he has gone with the BSP.
"It is not me who has invented the caste of Bajrang Bali, but Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who has said that Bajrang Bali was a 'vanvasi' and a Dalit," Mayawati said at a rally in Badaun.
This time BSP is not contesting alone but with four other parties under the Punjab Democratic Alliance (PDA), which is an alliance of six parties including BSP, Punjabi Ekta Party (PEP), Lok Insaaf Party and AAP’s rebel MP Dahramvir Gandhi’s Punjab Manch, Communist Party o India (CPI) and Revolutionary Marxist Party of Indian (RMPI) group. Under PDA, the BSP has got three tickets — Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Anandpur Sahib.
Close to Ghaziabad on National Highway 34, a large gate welcomes visitors to a cemented road leading to the interior of Badalpur village. A large Ambedkar Park, consistent with Mayawati’s architectural aesthetic, lies to the west.
Lucknow, Feb 16 (ANI): A body of a Class 12 girl, who went missing on February 10, was recovered this morning from near Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's residence here. The girl had left for school on February 10 and when she did not return, her parents filed an FIR. The girl was allegedly sexually assaulted. Lashing out at the UP Government, Bahujan Samaj Party leader Swami Prasad Maurya said this incident shows how irresponsible is the state police and government. Echoing similar sentiments, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Suresh Khanna said the girl was found dead in a drain between DGP headquarters and CM's residence, still no serious measures have been taken till now.
Lucknow, Jan 15 (ANI): Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati on Friday said the BJP-led Central Government has completely failed to fulfil their promise of ‘good days’. Lashing out at BJP, Mayawati added that the days have become worse than before.