The BSP leader had won from Dibai constituency in the 2007 Assembly elections in the state. However, he joined Samajwadi Party (SP) in 2012 and re-contested from the seat.

Amit Shah tore into Azam Khan for his ‘lewd comments’ against party candidate Jaya Prada and demanded apology from Samajwadi Party (SP) and its ally Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) over his derogatory comments.

EC banned UP CM Yogi Adityanath and BSP chief Mayawati from election campaigning for 72 hours & 48 hours respectively, starting from 6 am tomorrow, for violating Model Code of Conduct.

BSP has fielded Afzal Ansari, brother of jailed strongman-politician Mukhtar Ansari from Ghazipur constituency. Afzal will contest opposite union minister and BJP leader Manoj Sinha.

Addressing a joint rally of grand alliance, Mayawati said, "Ali and Bajrangbali both belong to us. I also want Bajrangbali because he has been associated with Dalit caste. This was not found out by me. This was done by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister himself."

The opposition is in a disarray in many States, alliances having not worked out. Multi-cornered contest obviously favours the BJP.

"The Congress was tainted by bofors. BJP government is tainted by Rafale... The BJP government has been misusing probe agencies - CBI, ED - against its rivals. You don't need to give another chance to them," said Mayawati.

Just days back, the Nishad party had snapped ties with SP-BSP-RLD mahagathbandhan after tussle over allocation of Lok Sabha seats.

In 2014, BJP and its allies won 73 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats at stake in the state. Samajwadi Party won five seats while the Congress could manage to win only two seats. Bahujan Samajwadi Party drew a blank.

Yadav's comment comes a day after Rajasthan Governor and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh asserted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's return to power is important for the nation.