Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav shared a common platform on Friday for the first time in 13 years triggering speculation over their future moves ahead of the scheduled general elections next year.
The occasion which brought Yadav, a former chief minister, and the BSP supremo together was a meeting convened to finalise nominees for the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC).
The arch rivals had parted ways following the collapse of their coalition government in 1995 and have been bitter critics attacking each other and rarely acknowledging even the presence of the other at public functions.
Much to the surprise of media and senior officials, Yadav reached Maywati’s Kalidas Marg residence on Friday morning in his capacity as the leader of Opposition, who also happens to be a member of the selection committee for the SHRC. The chief minister heads the selection committee.
Sources said this is for the first time Yadav was visiting Mayawati’s residence since 1995.