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Maya's b'day wish: Victory for all SP-BSP candidates in LS polls

Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Tuesday appealed to workers of her party and the Samajwadi Party to forget their past differences to fight the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

On Saturday, the BSP and the SP announced an alliance in Uttar Pradesh to unitedly fight the BJP.

"Forget past differences and ensure victory of all joint candidates of the SP and the BSP. This will be my ideal birthday gift," Mayawati said at a press conference here on the occasion of her 63rd birthday.

SP president Akhilesh Yadav later visited the BSP chief and presented her with a bouquet and a shawl on her birthday.

Mayawati said Uttar Pradesh, which is India's largest state, will decide who will be the next prime minister.

"UP decides who will come to power at the Centre and who will be the prime minister. The BSP and the SP must fight together, setting aside their differences and ensure the victory of all 'gathbandhan' (alliance) candidates," she said, apparently hinting at her prime ministerial ambitions.

The BSP president, who had spelt out the reasons of keeping the Congress out of the alliance on Saturday, did not spare it, asking the party to understand that "popular declarations will not help them anymore".

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