After nearly a quarter of a century of bitter separation, Mulayam Singh Yadav once again shared the stage with BSP chief Mayawati, who had come to Mainpuri to support the SP patriarch in his contest from this seat. Mulayam used the opportunity, in what he hinted was his final dive into active politics, to express gratitude towards Mayawati. "I thank and welcome Mayawati for coming all the way. I'm very happy that's she's come to support me." Mulayam Singh's public acknowledgment and his gratitude towards the BSP chief could be read as an appeal to the SP voters to pull out all the stops in supporting BSP wherever its candidates have been fielded.