Akhilesh said that he was ready to be practical to sustain the alliance. "This alliance is important. If I have to take two steps back, I am willing to do it," Yadav said.
Gopi Paria, a local BSP leader named as one of the prime conspirators of the violence in Meerut on April 2 by police, was shot multiple times by some assailants on Wednesday evening.
The Uttar Pradesh Police have identified several people who tried to incite violence, arson and vandalism through witnesses' accounts and video recordings.
Mayawati said she supported the protests against the changes in the SC/ST law but condemned the violence that took place blaming anti-social elements for it.
The development comes after BSP supremo Mayawati extended support to the nationwide protests against the SC/ST Act, and denied her party’s involvement in the violence.
Dropping enough hints that the BSP-SP bonhomie would continue till the 2019 Lok Sabha polls when PM Modi will seek another term for his government.
The BSP supremo added that BJP was taking the nation towards dark ages and all other parties must come together to stop it from winning the next general elections.
Anil Singh, who was suspended from his party for cross-voting in the favour of BJP in the recent Rajya Sabha polls, alleged that the attack was a backlash of his decision to go against party lines.
Akhilesh Yadav also said his wife Dimple Yadav may not contest the next Lok Sabha elections to blunt the nepotism charge that political opponents hurl at Samajwadi Party (SP), which he leads.
Talking to the media after casting his vote, Anil Singh, who met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday night, said he voted for the BJP on "antaratma ki awaaz" (inner call).
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also noted that party workers and voters become careless when they feel victory is assured.
Addressing the media in Lucknow on Thursday, SP national president Akhilesh Yadav said that sometimes "past incidents have to be forgotten".
The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister, whose gamble of backing the Samajwadi Party for the bypolls in Gorakhpur and Phulpur in the state paid rich dividends, said the idea was to teach the party a lesson.