Kumari Mayawati

Mayawati (born January 15, 1956) is an Indian politician and the current Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. She has been the Chief Minister on three other short tenures but her party holds the absolute majority in the state as of date. She is the highest income tax payer among all politicians in India paying Rs. 26 crore for year 2007-08.

Mayawati

Early life


Kumari Mayawati was born in Delhi. Her father Prabhu Das was a clerk in the telecommunications department in Delhi. Her mother is Ram Rati. She graduated from Kalindi College in Delhi and holds a Bachelor of Law degree. She also holds a Bachelor of Education degree and was a teacher in Delhi (Inderpuri JJ Colony) until joining full time politics in 1984. At one point she also studied for the Indian Administrative Service examinations. However, after meeting Kanshi Ram in 1977, she gradually came under his patronage, and was part of his core team when he founded the BSP in 1984. Her life has been a constant battle to find herself. In 1989, she left her family and Kanshi Ram to move to the Jim Corbett area of Uttar Pradesh and spent 2 years with guru Dutt. After this trip, she emerged with extremely liberal views and has been a driving force for women across India, especially in matters of child infanticide, dowry, women abuse and freedom of sexuality. Her movement has gathered great strength as of late stemming from her own announcement of being a lesbian in 2008.

Bahujan Samaj Party


The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has emerged as one of the main national political parties of India under the stewardship of its National President Kumari Mayawati Ji, Member of Uttar Pardesh Legislative Council and fourth-time Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, which is the most populous state of the country having a population of about 170 million. Kumari or Miss Mayawati Ji, a serene figure, is affectionately known and called as Bahenji or Sister by one and all her workers, supporters, well-wishers as well as officials.

Besides being a formidable and No.1 political force in the state of Uttar Pradesh, considered as the power house of Indian politics, its presence and percentage of votes in the crucial Indian states of Maharastra, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Chhatisgarh, Bihar, Jammu & Kashmir and several other states are significant and comprehensive.

So far as the strength in the India's parliament is concerned, it had a total number of 19 members in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian Parliament while it has a total of six MPs in the Rajya Sabha. But so far as the percentage of votes goes, it is just on the verge of jumping to No. 3 position after the ruling Congress and the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), relegating Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPI-M to No. 4 position as per the official votes percentage released by the Election Commission of India after February-March 2004 general Lok Sabha elections. The BSP has received over 1 crore 31 lakh (13.1million) votes in that election in Uttar Pradesh itself, out of a total of 2.07 crores (207,65,229-----5.33 per cent) it had received in the 25 States/Union Territories its had contested. The total votes were a little less than the CPI-M, which is facing stagnation so far as the number of votes is concerned at the national level.

Apart from this electoral success, the most significant point is that the BSP is fast emerging as a political party with a difference. The Party president Kumari Mayawati Ji, identified as Iron lady and a no-nonsense leader has emerged as a lady of new hope and aspirations to varied and a wide section of the society, particularly in the state of Uttar Pradesh, bordering national capital of New Delhi, which most often guides the political destiny of the country.

Committed and fully devoted to the missionary cause and cherished goal of "Social Transformation & Economic Emancipation" particularly to the people belonging to "Bahujan Samaj" (that comprises Backwards (Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other backward classes) and Sikhs, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Parsis of religious minorities) and poor from other sections of the society mainly the high caste people, Kumari Mayawati Ji, a spinster by mission, is regarded in the Indian politics with respect, reverence and awe as she is the only politician in the India having a mass appeal and firm hold and command over her voters and also the charishma to get mass vote bank transferred to any individual and to any party, a rare thing, of course, in the contemporary Indian politics.

Given the charishma of the BSP supremo, the two main political parties----the Congress and the BJP----are always looking keen to have an electoral alliance/understanding with it either at the national level or at least at the state level, but the march of "Elephant ", the election symbol of the Party is on and the "Blue" flag of the BSP is flying high under the strong and towering leadership of Kumari Mayawati Ji, who is working assiduously with a missionary zeal to make them ruler of India to usher in here the golden era of Ashoka, the Great.

Political And Administrative Experience


November 1989 : Both she and the party, the BSP made debut in  Parliament. Won Bijnore (reserved)  Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh in the Ninth General Elections of 1989.

April 1994 : Elected to the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh, signaling her debut, as also of the party, in the Upper House of Indian Parliament

June 1995 : In 1995, Ms. Mayawati created history be becoming Indian's first Dalit woman chief minister, heading first Bahujan Samaj Party (Majority People's Party) government in India's most-populated state of Uttar Pradesh.

Became Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, the largest state of India in terms of population 4-times:

  1. 1995 : 3 June, 1995 to 18 October, 1995
  2. 1997 : 21 March, 1997 to 20 September, 1997
  3. 2002 : 3 May, 2002 to 26 August, 2003
  4. 2007 : 13 May, 2007 till date

1996-98 : Elected as a legislator. Elected from the two different constituencies of Uttar Pradesh-Harora (reserved) in Saharanpur district and Bilsi  (reserved) in Budaun district. Represented the constituency of Harora in the state assembly, resigning from Bilsi seat as per the law.

21 March, 1997 : Became Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for the second time.

February 1998 : Elected for the second time in the 12th Lok Sabha elections from Uttar Pradesh's Akbarpur (reserved) parliamentary constituency in Ambedkar Nagar district.

February 1999 : Elected for the third time in the 13th Lok Sabha elections from Akbarpur (reserved) constituency.

14 April, 1999 :  Senior journalist Mohammad Jamil Akhter's book, entitled "Iron Lady Kumari Mayawati", was released by Mr. Kanshi Ram Ji at a grand function in New Delhi on the occasion of Dr. Ambedkar's birth anniversary.

3 June, 2000 :  Release of her own book book, "Bahujan Samaj Aur Uski Rajniti" (Bahujan Samaj and its Politics) by Mr. Kanshi Ram Ji at a function in New Delhi's Talkatora stadium on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the first 'Bahujan Samaj' government in Uttar Pradesh.

15 December, 2001 :  BSP architect and founder, Manyawar Shri Kanshi Ram Ji, declared her as the sole heir and political successor of him and the "Bahujan Movement" at a grand rally in the Lakshman Mela ground on the bank of river Gomti in the Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow.

February 2002 :  Re-elected as a legislator in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Was declared a winner from the two constituencies-Harora (reserved) in Saharanpur district and Jahangirganj  (reserved) in Ambedkar Nagar District. Represented Harora seat and resigned from Jahangirganj seat.

March 2002 :  Resigned from Akbarpur (reserved) Lok Sabha seat.

3 May, 2002 :  Became Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for the third time.

18 September, 2003 :Assumed the office of Bahujan Samaj Party's National President after Mr. Kanshi Ram Ji suddenly fell seriously ill following a brain stroke.

April-May, 2004 :  Elected for the fourth time in the 14th Lok Sabha elections from Akbarpur (reserved) seat in Uttar Pradesh.

July 2004 :  After resigning from the Lok Sabha, elected for the second time as a member of the Rajya Sabha for a six-year term from Uttar Pradesh.

27 August, 2006 : Re-elected as National President of the Bahujan Samaj Party unanimously in an All India Delegate Conference held at Lucknow.

13 May, 2007 : Was administered oath for the office of the Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh fourth time after her party registered a comfortable majority win in the general elections for the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly, trouncing Samajwadi party, BJP and the Congress. 3 July, 2007 : Joined as member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council after elected unopposed in the by-election for the upper house of the state legislature. Declared that she chose to become MLC as she wish to concentrate on the development of all the 403 assembly constituencies of state assembly rather than my constituency only .... I am not Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav, who had diverted all the funds to develop his home area only.

Social And Cultural Activities


To serve the country's real natives-- Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and religious minorities-and encourage activities for their overall development.

Special Inclination :  Educate and organise the poor, oppressed and impoverished sections of the society to fight for their legal and constitutional rights.

Life's Aim :  To remain engaged in the fight for "social transformation and economic liberation" of the Bahujan Samaj" so that about 85 per cent people of India's more than a hundred crore population, representing the "Bahujan Samaj", could be brought in the national mainstream. Poor of other sections of the society are also to be educationally and economically uplifted,

Foreign Travels :

  1. Visited Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, Switzerland, Korea and Taiwan in the capacity of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.
  2. London: To inaugurate the Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Memorial Community Centre as Bahujan Samaj Party National Vice-President
  3. As a representative of India, addressed the UN General Assembly while participating in an international seminar on the topic, "Democracy through Partnership between Men and Women", organised by the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) on 7th June, 2000 in New York, USA

Other Information :  As a teacher (government employee), remained associated with BAMCEF-The All India Backward (Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Castes) and Minority Communities Employees Federation since 1977. Entered politics through the Bahujan Samaj Party, set up on 14 April, 1984. At present, National President of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

Spotlight :

  1. "NEWSWEEK" Lists Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati Among World's Top Eight Women/New York, America, October 15, 2007: US news magazine NEWSWEEK has listed firebrand Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati among eight women leaders worldwide who have reached the top despite all odds. Narrating her struggle briefly, Ms. Mayawati said: "I like the competition and I like to win."
  2. Queen of the Dalits.......emerging even as potential Prime Minister/ Profile/ "TIME" news Magazine 2 page news story on April 14, 2008 issue.

BOOK WRITING ( For Missionary Objectives )


  • Bahujan Samaj Aur Uski Rajniti (October 2000)
  • Bahujan Samaj Aur Uski Rajniti, English(October 2001)
  • Mere Sangarshmai Jeevan Evam Bahujan Movement Ka Safarnama, three-volume over 3300 pages book, first two part of which was released by BSP founder Manyawar Shri Kanshi Ram Ji on 15 th January, 2006 on the occasion of 50 th birth anniversary of Ms. Mayawati Ji.
  • A Travelogue of My struggle-ridden life and of Bahujan Samaj, English, two volume book released on 15 th March, 2008 on the birth anniversary of Mamnyawar Shri Kanshi Ram Ji.

Controversies


Taj corridor case is an alleged scam wherein 2002-2003, then Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati was charged with corruption. The Taj Corridor project was a project to upgrade tourist facilities near the Taj Mahal implemented during her tenure as Chief Minister. The BJP government at the Centre at that time gave the Environmental Clearance required for such project near Taj Mahal. However, later on BJP backed out and then started saying that the project is not cleared by the Environment Ministry and blamed Mayawati for starting construction work near the Taj Mahal.

Mayawati has also been alleged of ordering her BSP's MPs to contribute their discretion-funds and MPLAD funds to the party-fund illegally In 2007-08 assesment year, Mayawati paid more income tax than industrialist and Forbes-listed Mukesh Ambani.

Mayawati's name is also under scanner for collecting funds for her Birthday. Recently a family of slain PWD Engineer killed by one of the goons of BSP have alleged that BSP MLA wanted Rupees 50,00,000. as a gift for Mayawati's Birthday. These accusitions are not new on her.

References


http://ironladykumarimayawati.org

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayawati

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