Kumari Mayawati Das biography | Behan ji birth day | BSP leader.
Alternative title: Kumari Mayawati Das
Kumari Mayawati Biography and her early life.
Kumari Mayawati, in full Kumari Mayawati Das (born January 15, 1956 in Delhi, India), Indian politician and government official. She was a longstanding protagonist of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). Mayawati Ji represented and stood up for people at the lowest levels of the Hindu social system in India. She worked hard to help the scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other tribes classes – especially Dalits. (People used to call Scheduled Castes as untouchables). She has worked at both the national and state levels in Uttar Pradesh. She served as Cheif minister of that state for several terms.
Mayawati was one of nine children in a low-income Dalit family in Delhi. She has two bachelor degrees and later a law degree from the University of Delhi. Between 1977 and 1984 she worked as a teacher in Delhi. She first met Dalit activist Kanshi Ram in 1977. Ram, who founded the BSP in 1984, became Mayawati’s political mentor. She joined the party at is foundation itself. She became president of the party in 2003.
Mayawati’s success in Loksabha and Rajya sabha elections.
Mayawati ran for public office for the first time in 1985. She unsuccessfully attempted to win a seat in Lok Sabha in first attempt, the lower house of the Indian Parliament. Even though Mayavathi ji lost again in 1987, but was elected to the Chamber from a constituency in Uttar Pradesh in 1989. She was elected three times in the Lok Sabha (1998, 1999 and 2004) and three times in the Rajya Sabha (1994, 2004 [after her resignation from the Lok Sabha] and 2012).
Although Mayawati was influential at the national level, it made its greatest impact in Uttar Pradesh. Her first term as Cheif Minister in 1995 was short (only for four months). It was the first time that a Dalit woman had reached such a high level of government. She served two more short terms in this office: 6 months in 1997 and almost 17 months in 2002/03. In 2007, the BSP won the majority of seats in the Uttar Pradesh State Assembly. Mayawati became cheif minister for the fourth time, serving for a full five years (2007-12).
Mayawati’s tenure as Cheif Minister.
Critics hit her fourth tenure, the fourth time. She faced allegations of corruption, lack of governance and overconfidence. People questioned about her commitment to the lower castes. She accumulated considerable wealth (to which she attributed political donations). Behan Ji also gathered numerous properties and bank accounts. Mayawati ji acquired a fleet of more than a dozen aircraft and helicopters. She said she used for political campaigns. Her lavish birthday parties made headlines every year and made her popular.
The Mayawati administrations oversaw the erection of hundreds of statues of their and other BSP personalities. Her gov did at high cost in the state, -They did in public parks and other areas across Uttar Pradesh. She took a major project to beautify the areas surrounding the Taj Mahal monument in Agra. Corruption allegations hit her. As a result a lawsuit against her ended up before the Indian Supreme Court. Other allegations of corruption against her were also investigated, but later dismissed by the courts.
She assuming leadership of the BSP. Mayawati pursued a political strategy. The Brahmans upper caste was co-opted in the strategy. The upper castes had previously been identified as the cause of the misery of the lower castes. In 2004, she had elected Satish Chandra Mishra, a Brahmin lawyer, to the party’s general secretary. She won good number of parliamentary seats in 2007 elections. Her policy of involving members of the higher caste paid off for the BSP victory that year.
Mayawati’s loss in 2012 elections.
How ever She lost the elections in 2012 in the flirting with the upper castes, their extravagance and allegations of corruption. Dalits and other members of the lower castes remained overwhelmingly loyal to her. They called her Behenji (“sister”). Her re-election to Rajya Sabha in 2012 sparked greater ambition to become Prime Minister of India. BSP remained a minority party with only a handful of seats in each chamber of parliament. Its members exerted an influence that went beyond its small number. Therefor the BSP’s failed to win a single seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. This reduced the party’s national position and reduced Mayawati’s chances for higher office.
She left Lok Sabha in protest. In july 2017 the speaker asked her to finish off her speech. She alleged about mistreatment to Dalit lawmakers. Her writings include a travelogue about my belligerent life and the BSP movement. She published her book in 2008.