Mayawati has served as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh four times. She got associated with Bahujan Samaj Party since its inception in 1984 and now serves as the president of the party. In the early 80s, Mayawati graduated from Delhi University’s Kalindi College and started teaching at a school in East Delhi. Kanshi Ram, a strong Dalit voice and social reformer, held a rally in her area and heard the young girl speak. In 1984, the Bahujan Samaj Party was formed by Kanshi Ram and Mayawati was inducted as a member of the party. Mayawati contested first parliamentary election in 1989 from Bijnor and won with a huge margin. In April 1994, she became a member of the Rajya Sabha or the Upper House of the Parliament.
rnIn June 1995, she created history by becoming the first-ever Dalit woman in India to serve as the Chief Minister in the state of Uttar Pradesh. She retained the post till 18 October 1995.
rnFrom 1996 to 1998 she served as MLA in the Uttar Pradesh state Assembly. On 21 March, 1997 she became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for the second time and retained the post till 20 September 1997. On 13 May 2007, she became Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for the fourth time and retained the post till 14 March 2012. In the 2012 Assembly elections, Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party lost its majority to the Samajwadi Party.
rnAhead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections she entered in an alliance with his sworn political enemy, Samajwadi Party. She launched her campaign by holding a joint rally at Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav home turf Mainpuri. They claimed that alliance was formed in larger interest of the nation. Mayawati was projected as Prime Ministerial nominee of the coalition as a challenger to incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
rnThe biggest reason bringing sworn political enemies together was a fact that both Mayawati led Bahujan Samaj Party and Akhilesh Yadav led Samajwadi Party were faced with existential crisis in face of a resurgent BJP. The BJP had won conclusively, defeating all its rivals in UP in 2014 parliamentary elections and 2017 assembly elections.
rnDuring her term as Chief Minister, she commissioned construction parks full of her statues and statues of elephants, symbol of her party at public exchequer cost.
rnIn the run up to the Lok Sabha elections, Firstpost had reported from places in West Uttar Pradesh that the older voter of the BSP is still loyal towards Mayawati essentially because of they had witnessed the rise of the bahujan movement but the younger voters were losing touch with her political model. RSS shakhas in remote villages have also offered dignity, identity and access to health and education and that too has caused Dalit castes to switch over to the BJP.
rnLess than a month after declaration of parliamentary results she unilaterally called off alliance with Samajwadi Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal, blaming Samjawadi party chief Akhilesh Yadav’s leadership skills for not getting his core social support base of Yadavs transferred to Bahujan Samaj Party candidates. It should be noted that in recently concluded elections BSP’s numbers went up from zero to 10, Samajwadi party’s numbers remained the same, five out of 80 seats in UP.
May 09, 2019
Lok Sabha election 2019: Narendra Modi, Priyanka Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal hold rallies, roadshows ahead of polls in Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held rallies in Haryana’s Fatehabad and Kurukshetra and ended his day with a mega rally at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan, while Priyanka Gandhi held two roadshows in Delhi
Apr 19, 2019
Lok Sabha poll campaign: Priyanka Chaturvedi joins Shiv Sena, Mulayam Singh addresses election rally with Mayawati