In an unexpected move, the BSP moved an application in the Supreme Court to withdraw the “infamous” state guest house case of 1995 against Samajwadi Party (SP) patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, reported PTI.
According to BSP leaders, party Supremo Mayawati took this decision as a “goodwill gesture” on request of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav after the two parties joined hands for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
“When the BSP had entered into an alliance with the Samajwadi Party for the Lok Sabha elections, Akhilesh Yadav had sought withdrawal of the case against Mulayam Singh Yadav in the state guest house case and BSP General Secretary Satish Misra had moved an application for the same in the Supreme Court,” the BSP chief was quoted as saying at a meeting of senior party functionaries in Lucknow two days ago.
However, sources told PTI, the case was taken back in February this year after both the rival parties entered an alliance ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Later in May, Mayawati had decided not to continue the alliance with the SP after the defeat in the Lok Sabha polls.
EXPLAINED: The story of the Guest House
Over the last quarter century, Mayawati and Mulayam Singh Yadav walked roads that had until recently appeared destined never to meet. The incident had sown seeds of two-decade-long rivalry between the two regional parties.
The incident took place on June 2, 1995, when Mayawati had withdrawn support from the Mulayam Singh Yadav government, reducing it to a minority.
Several SP leaders were of the view that an attempt should be made to break the BSP to save the government. The following evening, on June 2, with the party leadership raising no explicit objections, some SP MLAs and district-level leaders reached the State Guest House in Lucknow, where Mayawati, Kanshi Ram’s closest aide and then general secretary of the BSP, was meeting her MLAs to discuss their next step.
What happened thereafter has since been infamously referred to as the “Guest House episode”.
MLAs and workers of the SP surrounded the guest house and went on the rampage, forcing Mayawati to lock herself in a room while they detained several of her MLAs, claiming they had defected to the SP.
(With inputs with PTI)