Once arch-rivals, Mulayam Singh, Mayawati to share stage at Mainpuri rally on Friday

At loggerheads for decades, SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati are scheduled to share the dais at a joint rally of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in the Samajwadi Party citadel of Mainpuri on Friday. Preparations are underway for the rally at Christian Field to send out a message to our political opponents that the alliance against the BJP in Uttar Pradesh shares a strong bond, an SP party leader said. Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati have been bitter rivals since 1995 when SP cadres allegedly attacked the state guest house where the BSP chief had been camping with her supporters. Also read: Reports suggest that Mulayam Singh Yadav was not too keen on attending Fridays rally as well but was cajoled by his son and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav who has confirmed the SP founders presence at the Mainpuri rally. Mayawati has already asked workers of both the BSP and the SP to shun their differences and work for the victory of the alliance in the state. SP district unit president of Mainpuri, Khuman Singh Yadav said that Akhilesh Yadav along with Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati and Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh will address the rally in the presence of Mulayam Singh Yadav. SPs Sadar MLA, Raj Kumar alias Raju Yadav, who is looking after the preparations, said Mulayam Singh Yadav will reach the venue by noon. A grand tent is being set up while food packets for about 35,000 people will be prepared, he said.