The Telegraph
Wednesday , August 13 , 2014
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Mulayam says ready to talk to BSP if Lalu mediates

New Delhi, Aug 13 (PTI): Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday suggested that if Lalu Prasad Yadav takes the initiative, he does not mind joining hands with Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party in Uttar Pradesh.

”If Laluji takes initiative in this regard, I don't have any issues in joining hands,” the SP chief told reporters when asked about Lalu Prasad Yadav's suggestion that the BSP and SP should come together against the Bharatiya Janata Party in Uttar Pradesh.

Recently, after a gap of 23 years, arch-rivals Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar, both former chief ministers of Bihar, formed a political alliance in Bihar against the BJP.

Soon after the alliance in Bihar was formed, Lalu, the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief, proposed that the SP and BSP join hands to take on the BJP, which won 73 out of 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha polls.

BSP and SP had contested the 1993 Assembly elections together but soon parted ways.