After giving indications of supporting the NDA's presidential candidate, SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav today attended a dinner hosted by Uttar Pradesh chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Mulayam was among the first to reach the CM's official 5, Kalidas Marg residence here.
Governor Ram Naik, deputy chief ministers Keshav Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, a number of UP ministers and senior BJP leaders also attended the dinner.
However, SP president and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav did not attend it.
"No, he (Akhilesh) will not be attending the dinner," SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said when asked whether the party president would be at the table with Modi.
BSP supremo Mayawati too skipped it. The BSP chief had on Monday said that her party is positive about the NDA nominating Ram Nath Kovind for the presidential election but wished that the ruling alliance had named a non-political Dalit candidate for the top post.
"Although Kovind has been associated with the RSS and the BJP from the beginning but as he is a Dalit, our party's stand towards him cannot be negative. It will be positive, provided Opposition parties do not field any Dalit for the post, who is more capable and popular than him," she had said.
Earlier in the day, Mulayam, who is the SP patron, extended his support to the NDA presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind, saying he is a deserving candidate.