Akhilesh Yadav signals solidarity with Mayawati

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Cancels victory celebration after BSP loses RS seat

LUCKNOW: Sending a signal of solidarity to the BSP whose lone candidate backed by it lost in the Rajya Sabha polls, the Samajwadi Party (SP) cancelled the victory celebration for its nominee Jaya Bachchan to be held in Lucknow on Saturday.
The BSP too has given indications that it remains positive about the new-found understanding between the two parties, with its national general secretary Satish Misra asserting that they got the SP votes and it was only “misuse” of power by the BJP which led to the defeat of his party’s candidate He, however, said that any decision on alliance with the SP in future polls will be taken by BSP chief Mayawati
The Samajwadi Party had planned a function at the party headquarters here to celebrate the victory of its candidate Jaya Bachchan, but since the other candidate, Bhimrao Ambedkar (BSP) lost, party president Akhiliesh Yadav has cancelled it, party spokesman Sunil Singh Sajan said.
leaders including Akhilesh Yadav and others were scheduled to attend the programme but “there appears to be no relevance of it now” after the other candidate supported by the party failed to make it through, Sajan said.
He alleged that Ambedkar could have easily won the election but the ruling party had misused power to bag the seat .
Similar views were also expressed by BSP leader Misra, who charged the ruling party with misusing money and muscle power for winning the ninth seat.