Ending decades-long rivalry, Mayawati, Mulayam Singh Yadav share dias in Mainpurihttps://indianexpress.com/photos/india-news/ending-decades-long-rivalry-mayawati-mulayam-singh-yadav-share-dias-in-mainpuri-5684574/

Ending decades-long rivalry, Mayawati, Mulayam Singh Yadav share dias in Mainpuri

The history of the bad blood between Mulayam and Mayawati is linked inextricably to the infamous “guest house” incident that took place in Lucknow on June 2, 1995.

In the recent history of politics in Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati seeking votes for Mulayam Singh Yadav in Mainpuri on Friday is a special moment.(Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

Ending decades-long rivalry, BSP president Mayawati and SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav shared dais at an election rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri on Friday. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

In 1993, the SP-BSP alliance polled over 29% votes and won 176 seats — the SP contesting 256 seats and got 109, and the BSP contested 164 and won 67. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

In welcoming Mayawati to his rally on Friday, and asking his people to respect the Bahujan Samaj Party chief because “she has always stood by us during bad times”, Mulayam slayed a powerful demon from their past. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

Supporters Mayawati and Mulayam rally in Mainpuri. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

Mulayam and Mayawati have been at loggerheads since 1995 when SP cadres had allegedly attacked the state guest house where the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief had been camping with her supporters. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

"There is no doubt that Mulayam Singh Yadav through Samajwadi Party has united all the people of Uttar Pradesh," Mayawati said at the rally.(Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)