23 years after she accused Mulayam Singh Yadav and Azam Khan of publicly humiliating her inside a guest house in Lucknow, BSP supremo will be seen sharing stage with them in election rallies for this year’s Lok Sabha polls.
Mayawati, whose party has struck an electoral alliance with the SP, now headed by Mulwayam’s son Akhilesh Yadav, is expected to address as many as 11 joint rallies across Uttar Pradesh between 7 April and 16 May.
Her first joint rally with Akhilesh Yadav and RLD president Ajit Singh will be in Saharanpur’s Deoband on 7 April, reported Times Now. The leaders of the newly formed Grand Alliance are likely to woo voters in Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Kairana and Bijnore through this rally. These districts will go to polls votes in early stages of the seven-phase parliamentary elections.
Mayawati’s next two joint rallies will be in Badaun on 13 April followed by another on 16 April in Agra. She will also travel to Mainpuri, which is considered to be the bastion for Yadavs (Akhilesh and Mulayam) on 19 April. The SP has fielded Mulayam Singh Yadav from here. This will be the first time that Mayawati will be seen sharing stage with Mulayam since 1995 guest house scandal.
In June 1995, angry supporters of the SP had stormed into Lucknow’s Meerabai Guest House and beaten up Mayawati before throwing casteist and sexual slur at her. Key leaders named in the complaint filed by the BSP were Mulayam Singh Yadav, his brother Shivpal Singh Yadav, Azam Khan and Beni Prasad Verma.
Mayawati is likely to share stage with Azam Khan in Rampur and Firozabad on 20 April before heading to Kannauj for another joint rally scheduled for 25 April.
The Grand Alliance leaders will travel to Ayodhya on 1 May, Azamgarh on 8 May, Gorakhpur on 13 May with the last rally being planned for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency in Varanasi for 16 May.
Uttar Pradesh’s 80 seats will go to polls in seven stages with the counting being scheduled for 23 May.