Mulayam was responding to Lalu’s earlier suggestion that he (SP chief) should ally with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati in order to defeat Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh. Lalu has already allied with his bête noire Janata Dal United leader Nitish Kumar in Bihar to check the saffron party in the state.

“If Lalu is ready to mediate, then I will consider joining hands with Mayawati,” Mulayam said.

If Mulayam and Mayawati come together in Uttar Pradesh, it would surely pave way to a new political equation in politically crucial state.

A united opposition front in Uttar Pradesh could also put forward fresh challenge for the saffron party which under the tutelage of newly-elected BJP president Amit Shah performed incredibly in the Lok Sabha elections in the state, winning 71 out of 80 seats.

Ending weeks of speculations, bitter foes for almost two decades former Bihar chief ministers Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav on Monday hugged each other as they launched a joint campaign in support of their alliance candidates for the August 21 Assembly by-polls, and took on ruling BJP at the Centre.

An important UPA ally NCP has also pledged unconditional support to the JD (U)-RJD-Congress alliance for the by-poll to keep BJP away from power.


Mulayam ready to combine forces with Mayawati if Lalu mediates
Lalu suggested Mulayam and Mayawati should come together to defeat BJP in UP
A united opposition in UP could spell trouble for BJP in the state
Political equation to change if Mayawati, Mulayam join hands
Lalu, Nitish joined hands in Bihar to overcome BJP
Grand alliance of Congress, RJD and JD (U) to take on BJP in Bihar
NCP pledged support to grand alliance in Bihar
New alliance seen as attempt to keep in check splitting up of secular votes
BJP won 71 seats out of 80 in UP
In Bihar, saffron party registered victory on 31 seats out of 40

Defending his move to join hands with old rival Lalu Prasad, Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said alliance of secular parties in Bihar would serve as a "medicine to neutralise the poison of communalism BJP was spreading in the country after coming to power".

Speaking about the alliance, Kumar, who shared the dais with 'Bade bhai' (elder brother) Lalu Prasad at Hajipur on Monday after 20 years of political rivalry, said it was formed to check the division of votes which was a major reason behind the victory of BJP in the parliamentary election.

"The new experiment of unity of secular forces against BJP has started from Bihar and will soon extend to other parts of the country," he said.

Kumar, who had led JD (U) to sever 17-year-old ties with BJP over the elevation of Narendra Modi as PM candidate, said he (Modi) and his party (BJP) were masters in spreading myths to hoodwink the people.

"Recently, it was portrayed that the visit of Narendra Modi to Nepal helped ward off the threat of flood in Kosi areas of Bihar on Indo-Nepal border... Message was spread as if this man stood on the path and stopped flow of water from Himalayan country into Kosi area,” he said.

"When we (JD(U) government) worked hard to prevent damage due to flood, it came to light that the threat was never serious. The myth was spread to boost the image of the great human being (Narendra Modi)," he added.

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