Akhilesh buries 25-year-old ri­valry, reaches Mayawati’s home to say ‘thank you’

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

Set­ting aside bit­ter and his­toric ri­valry of 25 years, Sa­ma­jwadi Party chief Akhilesh Ya­dav on Wed­nes­day evening drove to the res­i­dence of Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party chief Mayawati to thank her for the sup­port to his party can­di­dates in the Phulpur and Go­rakh­pur par­lia­men­tary by elec­tions.

While Akhilesh Ya­dav had thanked the BSP chief who he fondly calls ‘Buaji’ (aunt) at a hur­riedly-called press con­fer­ence in the evening, he cre­ated a flut­ter in po­lit­i­cal cir­cles here as his cav­al­cade drove from his Vikra­ma­ditya Marg res­i­dence to the sprawl­ing bun­ga­low of Mayawati at Mall Av­enue, a kilo­me­tre away, re­ports IANS.

They were clos­eted to­gether for about 20 min­utes.

What tran­spired be­tween the two is not yet known but it is un­der­stood that the two dis­cussed the poll out­come in which their par­ties had to­gether routed the rul­ing BJP.

Sport­ing the ‘brand SP’ red cap, Akhilesh Ya­dav merely waved at the wait­ing me­dia on his re­turn and said noth­ing.

His se­cu­rity per­son­nel had a tough time clear­ing the route as the me­dia wanted to know the de­tails of one of the big­gest po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments in the state in the past two decades.

In Phulpur, SP’s Na­gen­dra Pratap Singh Pa­tel trounced his BJP ri­val Kaush­len­dra Singh Pa­tel by 59,613 votes, while in Go­rakh­pur, SP’s Pravin Nishad de­feated BJP’s Upen­dra Shukla by 21,881 votes.

The meet­ing be­tween Mayawati and Akhilesh Ya­dav has trig­gered spec­u­la­tion about a pos­si­ble tie up be­tween the two sides on lines of a grand al­liance in the run up to the cru­cial 2019 gen­eral elec­tions, when Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi seeks a sec­ond term for him­self.

Akhilesh Ya­dav leaves af­ter at­tend­ing a meet­ing with BSP pres­i­dent Mayawati at her res­i­dence in Luc­know on Wed­nes­day

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