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Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo, Mayawati being garlanded by party workers during an election rally in Faridabad. Mayawati is garlanded after she was unanimously elected as the National President of BSP for the third term in Lucknow. BSP supremo Mayawati addresses a press conference in New Delhi. BSP leaders seek blessings of party supremo Mayawati at Parliament House during the budget session in New Delhi. The statue removal BSP supremo Mayawati addressing a press conference on poll results, at her residence in Lucknow. BSP supremo Mayawati addressing press conference at her residence in Lucknow. Mayawati addresses a press conference at her residence in Lucknow. Mau: BSP supremo Mayawati at an election campaign rally in Mau district of UP. Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati, center, returns after addressing an election rally in Allahabad.

Bhaujan Samajwadi Party Chief Mayawati at an election rally in support of party candidate Yogesh Divedi in Mathura. BSP chief  Mayawati waves to party workers at an election rally  in Mumbai.


BSP supremo Mayawati addressing an election rally at Sultanpuri in New Delhi. BSP supremo Mayawati addresses an election campaign rally in Ghaziabad. Crowd at BSP supremo Mayawatis election rally in Bijnor. BSP supremo Mayawati during her party workers convention at Shaheed Minar in Kolkata. BSP national president Mayawati being garlanded by supporters during an election rally in Chandigarh.


<i><b>Bunty Aur Babli (2005):</b></i> The delectable scene of the sale of the Taj Mahal by minister Phoolsakhi to a foolish American was the highlight of the film. Pratima Kazmi as Phoolsakhi kept reminding one of Mayawati. <b>Hear thee, faithful</b> The BSP rally in Lucknow on January 15 to celebrate Mayawati’s 58th birthday saw huge numbers <b>Cast in stone</b> Ambedkar, flanked by Mayawati, Kanshi Ram at the Rs 685 cr Dalit Prerna Sthal park, Noida <b>Vote count</b> Behenji with Muslim leaders in Parliament BSP supremo Mayawati with party members at Parliament House during the extended winter session in New Delhi. BSP supremo during a rally on her 58th birthday in Lucknow. BSP President Mayawati at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar 58th Mahaparinirvan Diwas, at the Parliament House, in  New Delhi. BSP party president Mayawati on the first day of the winter session at Parliament in New Delhi. Bahujan Samaj Party President Mayawati is garlanded during a public meeting at Jhalamand on the outskirts of Jodhpur. People take photographs of statues of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati, left, freedom fighter Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, center, and BSP founder Kanshi Ram inside a hall at Ambedkar Park, dedicated to dalits which was opened to the public, in Noida. Mayawati, BSP chief, during Media interaction after meeting President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi. BSP supremo Mayawati is garlanded at BSP Delhi Pradesh Maha Sammelan at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi. BSP supremo Mayawati and Congress MP Renuka Chaudhary at Parliament House in New Delhi during ongoing monsoon session. BSP supremo Mayawati addresses a press conference in Lucknow. BSP Supremo Mayawati during a visit to the blast-hit Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya. BSP Supremo Mayawati  during  her visit to the blast-hit Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya. BSP supremo Mayawati at a press conference in Lucknow. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Union ministers Sushilkumar Shinde, Kamal Nath, Farooq Abdullah, Vayalar Ravi and BSP chief Mayawati at an all-party meeting on Naxal issue in New Delhi. BSP supremo Mayawati handing over a memorandum to UP Governor BL Joshi at Rajbhawan in Lucknow. The memorandum seeks President's rule in Uttar Pradesh claiming constitutional crisis in the state due to poor law and order situation. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati at Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal to pay homage to B R Ambedkar on his 122nd birth anniversary, in Lucknow. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati at Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal pays floral tribute to B R Ambedkar on his 122nd birth anniversary, in Lucknow. Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati addresses a press conference in New Delhi. Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo, Mayawati release her book titled Mere Sangarshmai Jeevan Evam BSP Movement Ka Safarnama, Bhag-8 on her 57th Birthday at New Delhi.
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati after addressing a press conference on her 57th birthday in New Delhi. Bahujan Samaj Party president, Mayawati  addressing a Press Conference on her 57th Birthday at New Delhi.
BSP chief Mayawati  along with other party MPs speaks to media after the voting on 117th Constitutional Amendment Bill (quota in promotion bill) in Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi. 

BSP chief Mayawati at Parliament House after paying tributes to Bhim Rao Ambedkar. BSP today promised to vote in favour of FDI in Rajya Sabha, giving much relief to the government which is bracing for a crucial vote tomorrow, even as BJP and AIADMK attacked parties which sided with UPA despite having reservations over the measure. BSP supremo Mayawati addresses the media at Parliament House in New Delhi during the ongoing winter session. BSP chief Mayawati speaks in Rajya Sabha in New Delhi. BSP chief Mayawati with party General Secretary Satish Chandra Mishra addresses a press conference on FDI in New Delhi. BSP today indicated that it will support the government in Parliament on the issue of FDI, saying the fact that the Centre has not thrust the policy on states and the aim of keeping communal forces at bay will determine its stand.
BSP chief Mayawati addresses a press conference on FDI in New Delhi. BSP chief Mayawati speaks to media at Parliament House in New Delhi during the ongoing winter session. BSP MPs seek blessings of party supremo Mayawati as she arrives at Parliament on the first day of its winter session, in New Delhi. Mayawati A BSP supporter wears a headgear displaying a portrait of party leader and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati during a rally to mark the death anniversary of party founder Kanshi Ram in Lucknow. BSP supremo Mayawati shows a book while addressing a party rally on the occasion of party founder Kanshiram's sixth death anniversary in Lucknow. BSP supremo Mayawati is greeted by a party MP during Parliament's monsoon session in New Delhi. From left, BSP chief Mayawati, BJP leaders LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Samajwadi Party President Mulayam Singh Yadav and party leader Ram Gopal Yadav at all-party meeting in New Delhi to discuss the issue of giving reservation in job promotions to Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs). <b>Beyond his light?</b> Some believe Kanshi Ram and Mayawati have done more for Dalits <b>Totem on a flag</b> A BSP rally in New Delhi BSP chief and former Chief Minister Mayawati arrives to attend the UPA lunch at Ashoka Hotel in New Delhi. <b>Vandal rule</b> Mayawati’s beheaded statue in Lucknow UP Navnirman Sena chief Amit Jaani, main accused in vadalising statue of BSP supremo Mayawati, being taken to the court in Lucknow. People look at the scene after a marble statue of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati was vandalised by unidentified men at the Ambedkar Park in Lucknow. The statue was one among the nine towering statues of the Bahujan Samaj Party leader that has been adorning four lavish public parks in the state capital. BSP supremo Mayawati flashes victory sign after casting her vote for the election of the President in Parliament House in New Delhi. BJP MP Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi is also seen. <b>Out from a hole</b> A win for Mayawati UPA Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee at a meeting with BSP supremo Mayawati at her residence in Lucknow on during his election campaign. BSP supremo Mayawati signs the nomination paper of UPA Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee as Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla looks on, in Lucknow. Former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati settles for lunch after a press conference, in New Delhi. Former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati, whose party suffered a crushing defeat in the recently held elections, speaks during a press conference, in New Delhi. Authorities in the state are now investigating whether Mayawati’s park projects honoring the contribution of dalits to the nation, including the father of the constitution B.R. Ambedkar, was an elaborate swindle. BSP supremo Mayawati addresses a press conference in New Delhi. BSP President Mayawati speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi. Proceedings in Parliament were disrupted due to turmoil over a cartoon of B R Ambedkar in NCERT's STD XI Political Science text book. Mayawati threatened to stall Parliament proceedings if action was not taken against those responsible within three days. BSP President and Rajya Sabha MP Mayawati speaks to media at Parliament House in New Delhi during the ongoing budget session. Proceedings in Parliament were disrupted due to turmoil over a cartoon of B R Ambedkar in NCERT's STD XI Political Science text book. BSP Chief Mayawati threatened to stall Parliament proceedings if action was not taken against those responsible within three days. HRD minister Kapil Sibal said there was no question of anybody trying to malign Ambedkar or anybody trying to make fun of him because that I think will be against the secular ethos of our country.  


BSP chief Mayawati, newly elected Rajya Sabha member, being greeted by party members at Parliament on the first day of the second phase of budget session in New Delhi. BSP supremo and former UP Chief Minister Mayawati pays tribute to B R Ambedkar on his 121st birth anniversary in Lucknow. BSP supremo Mayawati filing her nomination papers for Rajya Sabha in Lucknow. <b>Grin and...</b> Mayawati after submitting her resignation BSP supremo Mayawati submits her resignation as Chief Minister to Uttar Pradesh Governor BL Joshi at Rajbhawan in Lucknow a day after her party's defeat in the assembly polls. Outgoing Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh state Mayawati looks on during a press conference after submitting her resignation, in Lucknow. The bottom-caste dalit leader suffered a crushing defeat in state polls, a rebuke from voters for spending a fortune on public parks complete with gigantic statues of herself and other party leaders instead of reforming the health and education systems during her 5-year term. A bird sits on a statue of Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh state Mayawati at Ambedkar Park in Noida. Mayawati, the bottom-caste dalit leader, suffered a crushing defeat in the key state elections as the socialist Samajwadi Party's victory appeared strong enough to allow it to form a government on its own. UP Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati addressing an election meeting in Greater Noida ahead of the fifth phase of UP Elections. UP Chief Minister & BSP supremo Mayawati addresses an election rally in Aligarh. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati shows her ink marked finger after casting vote at a polling station, during the fourth phase of UP assembly polls in Lucknow. BSP Supremo Mayawati arrives to cast her vote at a polling station in Lucknow. <b>Close Shave</b> A dye-hard BSP supporter flaunts his style at BSP boss Mayawati’s rally at the Parade Grounds, Allahabad, Feb 9 <b>Best seats</b> Billboards were still reaching the ground but Behenji’s women supporters reach early for her rally in Sitapur, Feb 1 <b>In the air</B> Mayawati supporters Mayawati wave as she arrives at a Sitapur rally Supporters dance during UP Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati's election rally in Azamgarh. People turn away and cover themselves from rising dust as a chopper carrying Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati takes off after an election rally in Gorakhpur. Portraits of Bahujan Samaj Party leaders, Kanshiram, left, Mayawati, right, and Dalit leader B.R. Ambedkar adorn a flag at a party rally in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.  India's biggest state Uttar Pradesh will go for polling in seven phases starting from Feb. 8. Uttar Pradesh state Chief Minister Mayawati speaks at an election rally in Gorakhpur. BSP supremo and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati listens to other speakers during an election rally in Gorakhpur. Uttar Pradesh will go for polling in seven phases starting from Feb. 8. A worker erects a hoarding of Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati at the venue of a rally to be addressed by her at Faizabad. Uttar Pradesh, will be choosing its state assembly in elections starting next week. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati addresses an election rally in Barabanki. Slamming the Congress manifesto as a bundle of hollow promises, Mayawati accused the party of using the dalits as a votebank and trying to divide the community under a planned conspiracy by promising them sub-quota. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati waves to crowd during an election rally in Barabanki.  **COMBO** Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister & BSP supremo Mayawati addresses an election rally in Roorkee. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister & BSP supremo Mayawati being garlanded by party workers at an election rally in Dehradun. A supporter argues with a police officer who was apparently blocking her view of Mayawati, addressing an election rally in Mukhtsar, Punjab. A roadside vendor sells portraits of Dalit leaders and other items before the start of an election rally to be addressed by Mayawati, the BSP supremo in Mukhtsar, Punjab. Chief Minister of Utter Pradesh and head of the BSP party Mayawati waves to the crowd during an election rally in Punjab.   Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati with Party's general secretary Satish Mishra during a function on her 56th birthday in Lucknow. <b>who wants to be CM?</b> Supporters moot Maya as PM Workers cover elephant statues at Ambedkar Memorial Park in Lucknow. Workmen using truckloads of cloth raced to comply with election officials who ordered the statues of Chief Minister of Utter Pradesh, Mayawati, along with nearly 200 statues of elephants, her party's symbol, be covered. The Election Commission said the statues were built using public money and their display violates rules for the upcoming elections in UP A worker walks by a statue of the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati, at the Ambedkar park in Noida. Workmen carting truckloads of cloth raced to comply with election regulations and cover up a dozen gigantic statues that the flamboyant chief minister had erected of herself. Election Commission said the massive statues of Mayawati were built using public money and their display violated the rules for next month's election in UP. The statue of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati along with BSP founder Kanshiram at Samajik Parivartan Prateek Sthal in Lucknow. The Election Commission ordered today that all statues of Chief Minister Mayawati and BSP poll symbol elephant in Uttar Pradesh be covered till assembly polls were over. It also ordered the replacement of the state's DGP Brij Lal and Home Secretary Fateh Bahadur Ex-Minister of State (Independent charge) for Backward Classes Welfare Avdesh Kumar Verma weeps in public after being denied a ticket by Uttar Pradesh CM, Mayawati and joined BJP. <b>Purvanchal, Bundelkhand, Awadh Pradesh and Paschim Pradesh</b>
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Mayawati’s idea of the coming dystopia—four new regions carved out of Uttar Pradesh. UP Chief Minister Mayawati addressing a press conference in Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati waves as she receives a memento during Muslim, Chhatriya and Vaishya rally in Lucknow. UP Chief Minister Mayawati addressing a press conference in Lucknow. Accusing the Congress of being soft on corruption, Mayawati today demanded that the Prime Minister, CBI, Group C and D employees be brought under the ambit of Lokpal and vowed to oppose the bill in its present form. We believe Mr Sibal is not very happy with such creative photoshopping. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati unveiling 160 projects worth Rs 1500 crores during a function organised to observe 55th Parinirvan Diwas of Bhim Rao Ambedkar in Lucknow. Supporters belonging to lower castes present a huge floral garland to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati at a rally in Lucknow. Chief Minister Mayawati addressing a press conference in Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati addressing a press conference, in Lucknow. Amidst din, the UP Assembly passed a controversial resolution on splitting the state into four parts by voice vote minutes after which the lower house was adjourned sine die. Samajwadi Party members raising slogans against Mayawati government in the UP assembly on the first day of its winter sesson, which was later adjourned sine die, in Lucknow. Chief Minister Mayawati in the UP assembly on the first day of its winter sesson, which was later adjourned sine die, in Lucknow. <b>Quick thinker</b> Maya springs a surprise Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati offers prayer before a statue of Mahatma Buddh at UP pavilion at the 31st India International Trade Fair in New Delhi. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati addressing a press conference regarding a proposal for creation of four states, in Lucknow. In a bid to outsmart rivals ahead of the Assembly elections, Mayawati announced bringing a resolution in the House for carving out four new states in the winter session beginning next week.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati addressing a press conference in Lucknow. <b>Bronze assault</b> Statues of BSP leaders at Rashtriya Dalit Prerna Sthal, Noida President Patibha Patil being received by UP Chief Minister Mayawati at Amausi Airport in Lucknow. President Patibha Patil being welcomed by UP Governor BL Joshi and Chief Minister Mayawati at Amausi Airport in Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati inaugurates Rashtriya Dalit Prerna Sthal, Ambedkar Park in Noida. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati speaks during an inauguration of Rashtriya Dalit Prerna Sthal, Ambedkar Park in Noida. Crowd gather as Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati inaugurates Rashtriya Dalit Prerna Sthal, Ambedkar Park in Noida. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati during the  inauguration of the  Rashtriya Dalit Prerna Sthal, Ambedkar Park in Noida. Uttar Pradesh state chief minister Mayawati stands near large statues of herself, Indian freedom leader Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar and Bahujan Samaj Party leader Kansi Ram in a hall at a newly inaugurated park in Noida. A row of stone elephants line a newly inaugurated park in Noida, a suburb of New Delhi.
The park was inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati. Senior state and district police and administrative officers inspecting the security arrangements at the Ambedkar Park in Noida ahead of UP CM Mayawati's visit for its inauguration. Security arrangements at the Ambedkar Park in Noida ahead of UP CM Mayawati's visit for its inauguration. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati pays tributes to the founder of BSP Kanshiram on his fifth death anniversary at Kanshiram Smarak Sthal in Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati declares Hapur as new district of UP called Panchsheel Nagar, in Ghaziabad. UP Chief Minister Mayawati addresses a press conference in Lucknow regarding the WikiLeaks report about her. Slamming the report, Mayawati alleged that its owner was either playing in the hands of her political opponents or had gone mad. According to the WikiLeaks report on Mayawati, the chief minister was obsessed with security and that she had once dispatched a plane to get her favourite sandals from Mumbai.
UP Governor B. L Joshi and CM Mayawati greeting Muslims on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr in Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh Governor BL Joshi and Chief Minister Mayawati at a Roza Iftaar party at Raj Bhawan in Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati holds an all-party meeting at Vidhan Bhawan in Lucknow. UP Chief Minister Mayawati arrives for a meeting with senior officers to review law and order, at Vidhan Bhawan in Lucknow. UP Chief Minister Mayawati arrives for a meeting with senior officers to review law and order, at Vidhan Bhawan in Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati offered garland by the party workers during a rally in Mumbai. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister & BSP supremo Mayawati being garlanded by party workers during the party's one-day convention in New Delhi. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati addressing a press conference in Lucknow. Facing opposition flak, Mayawati said her government has no objection to a CBI inquiry into the Lakhimpur teenaged girl's murder case if the victim's family wanted it. However, she said her government has been apprehensive as the CBI had messed up the Aarushi Talwar murder case in Noida. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati during a meeting with the farmers at Tilak Hall at Vidhan Bhawan in Lucknow. Samajwadi Party activists with a garland of fake currency notes during a protest demonstration against Mayawati government, in Allahabad. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati addressing a press conference in Lucknow. Youth Congress members beat an effigy of UP Chief Minister Mayawati during a protest against the arrest of Rahul Gandhi in Greater Noida, in Bhubaneswar. Congress workers burning a poster of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati during a protest against the arrest of AICC general Secretary Rahul Gandhi and Digvijay Singh, in Srinagar. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati is escorted by security guards as she arrives at a function to mark the completion of four years in the state government in Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati arrives to address a press conference in Lucknow.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati addressing a press conference in Lucknow. UP Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati waves to party activists during an election campaign rally in support of party's candidate in Kolkata. BSP Chief and UP Chief Minister Mayawati receiving memento by party workers during an election campaign rally in Chennai ahead of assembly polls in Tamil Nadu. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati addressing the media at her official residence in Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati inaugurate Manyawar Sri Kanshiram ji Green Garden (Eco) Park in Lucknow on March 3. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati during an inspection at Malin Basti in Faizabad. Police men beating lawyers to prevent them to reach Chief Minister Mayawati's residence to hand over memorandum of their demands including more provisions for welfare of lawyers in the state budget in Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati during her inspection at the district hospital in Azamgarh. UP CM Mayawati interacts with students of a primary school during a surprise inspection in Bijnor district. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati during an inspection at a slum area in Allahabad. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati during an inspection at Chetganj Police Station in Varanasi. A TV Grab shows a personal security officer cleaning the shoes of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati. The incident took place on Sunday Feb 6, 2011, when Mayawati was visiting Naunipur village in the district. On noticing her dusty shoes after alighting from a chopper, PSO Padam Singh, who has been working with her for long and was close to BSP founder Kanshi Ram, started cleaning her shoes. The shoe-wiping continued for some time even as the chief minister spoke to district officials who had converged on the tarmac to welcome her. Singh, a retired police officer currently on extension, supervises the personal security of Mayawati. Opposition parties have slammed the feudalistic attitude of the chief minister. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati arrives to take salute during Republic Day parade in Lucknow Congress workers blacken a poster of U.P. Chief Minister Mayawati during a protest against crime in Allahabad. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati addresses the media at her official residence in Lucknow. <b>Maya memsaab</b> The Buddha Vihar Shanti Upvan in Lucknow Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati releasing book A Travelogue of My Struggle-ridden Life and BSP Movement during her 55th birthday function at Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Auditorium in Lucknow. Mayawati today ordered the release of a jailed backward caste girl who was allegedly raped by a BSP MLA and said action will be taken against policemen involved in harassing the minor who was charged with theft apparently as part of a conspiracy. A Samajwadi Party worker showing a 'chapati' bearing a message during a protest against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's birthday celebration in Allahabad. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati launching over 600 development schemes worth over Rs 4000 crores on her 55th birthday at Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Auditorium in Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati unveiling a statue of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar on her 55th birthday at Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Auditorium in Lucknow. A view of a pillar illuminated ahead of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's birthday celebrations, in Gomti Nagar area of Lucknow. A view of a decorated road with posters of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati ahead of her birthday celebrations, in Gomti Nagar area of Lucknow. Policemen confiscate an effigy of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati from agitating youth activists of Samajwadi Party Allahabad. <b>Caste iron</B> Mayawati, garlanded in notes Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati visiting the site of the blast at Dashashwamedh Ghat on the bank of the river Ganga in Varanasi on Tuesday night, Dec 7, 2010.  Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati waves to supporters after inaugurating various developmental projects on the occasion of 54th death anniversary of BR Ambedkar in Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati chairs a review meeting of law, order and development, at Tilak Hall in the state Assembly in Lucknow. UP Chief Minister Mayawati arrives to chair a meeting of senior police and home department officials to review law and order situation in the state at Vidhan Bhawan, in Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP chief Mayawati being presented with a memento during a zonal rally of the party in Patna.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati releasing booklets highlighting her government's achievements during a press conference in Lucknow to mark the completion of three years of the BSP government in the state. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati addressing a press conference at her official residence in Lucknow. Bolstering the government ahead of voting on opposition-sponsored cut motion in Lok Sabha, BSP, with 21 MPs, came out openly in support of the ruling UPA. BSP President and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati being welcomed by party workers as she arrives at Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal to pay floral tributes to B R Ambedkar on his 119th birth anniversary, in Lucknow. BSP President and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati making an aerial survey of party's dharna against the Women Reservation Bill in its present form in different parts of the state. Advocates of Allahabad High Court burning an effigy of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati in protest against yesterday's police lathi charge on them, in Allahabad. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and Melinda Gates, Co-chair and Trustee of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, during a meeting at the former's official residence at Kalidas Marg in Lucknow. Police stop BJP Youth Wing workers demonstrating against BSP Chief Mayawati's currency notes' garlands in Lucknow. Protestors were carrying a garland made up of a plant, locally known as 'Besharam', to offer it to BSP chief. BJP activists during a protest against BSP supremo Mayawati's garland of currency notes in Allahabad. The garlanded was presented to Mayawati at party's recently at the Maharally. In a show of defiance ignoring all criticism, BSP chief and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati today got herself garlanded with currency notes said to be of the value of Rs 18 lakh. The garland comprising notes of various denominations was put around her neck at a meeting of party leaders despite an opposition outcry over her being presented a similar garland of value estimated between Rs 21 lakh and Rs 15 crore at a massive rally. BSP supremo and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati being offered a garland made up of 1000 rupee notes during party's Maharally, organised to mark its silver jubilee celebrations, in Lucknow. Mayawati was today in the eye of a fresh storm in the Lok Sabha with Samajwadi Party and Congress demanding a probe into the multi-crore garland presented to her at a lavish BSP rally in Lucknow. The stage is seen swarmed with bees during BSP Chief Mayawati's address at the 'Maharally', organised to mark party's silver jubilee, in Lucknow. BSP supremo and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati being garlanded by party workers during the party's Maharally, organised to mark its silver jubilee celebrations, in Lucknow. A stark display of wads of Rs 1,000 notes, stitched in this mammoth garland and estimated to be running into millions of rupees, presented to her at the rally have given more ammunition to the Opposition to target her. Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Singh Yadav has demanded a CBI inquiry into how such a huge amount was openly given in public. A Congress worker blackens a poster of UP Chief Minister Mayawati while protesting lathicharge on Cngress workers in Allahabad. Mayawati's statue- and memorial building spree that has left the state poorer by nearly Rs 6,000 crore Members welcome Chief Minister Mayawati as she arrives to attend the proceedings on the first day of budget session in Vidhan Sabha in Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati having a look of the plaques of the welfare schemes of whose foundation staone she laid on the occasion of her 54th birthday at a funchtion at her official residence in Lucknow. Mayawati laid the foundation stone of 264 schemes worth Rs 7312 crores. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati addressing a press conference in Lucknow. She alleged that the Centre's faulty economic, import and export policies and its tendency to benefit capitalists and big businessman resulted in skyrocketing prices. She also ruled out allowing mills in her state to process imported raw sugar despite requests by the Centre to lift the restrictions. A huge gate being erected outside Chief Minister Mayawati's residence ahead of her birthday, falling on Jan 15. UP Chief Minister Mayawati casting her vote at a polling station during the legislative council election in Lucknow. Swami Prasad Maurya stoops to touch the feet of UP Chief Minister Mayawati, after he administered oath of office at the Raj Bhawan, in Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh CM Mayawati flags off the first Noida-Delhi metro train from the Noida City Centre station. If the presence of UP CM Mayawati at the Noida-Delhi Metro inauguration required bending some rules, big deal? Despite a ban on eatables inside the metros, an arrangement for snacks can be seen aboard the train in which the CM enjoyed a ride after flagging it off.

Mayawati's penchant for building statues, at a stupendous cost (of more than Rs 2,000 crore) to the exchequer,  led her to considerable legal trouble. The Supreme Court called it a waste of public funds, but the lady was unmoved. Meanwhile, the UPA remained busy naming various public and government schemes after the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty icons. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati with BJP MP at a Roza Iftaar party, hosted at Raj Bhawan in Lucknow. Congress party workers protest against the arrest of their party's leading member Rita Bahuguna Joshi, in Allahabad. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati addressing a press conference in Lucknow. Congress activists burn the effigy of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati near Uttar Pradesh Congress Unit Office in Lucknow after the arrest of UPCC Prsedent Rita Bahuguna Joshi. The Supreme Court (SC) refused to restrain the Uttar Pradesh government from carrying out work for installation of statues of Chief Minister Mayawati and other Dalit leaders at a park in Noida. If the cabinet has approved it, then we can't do anything, the Bench said. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP chief Mayawati leaves after addressing party workers during party's Sharm Karo Diwas in Lucknow. A BSP supporter carries big cut out of party supremo Mayawati during an election campaign rally in Ghaziabad. BSP President and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati along with party's Delhi state candidates at an election rally in New Delhi. Uttar Pradesh chief minister and BSP chief Mayawati displaying her voter identity card before exercising her franchise at a polling station in Lucknow. BSP supremo Mayawati appreciates a silver elephant, the party's symbol, gifted by state party leaders during an election rally in Jaipur. 
UP chief minister and BSP supremo Mayawati addresses the crowd during an election rally, in Varanasi.
A security personnel on vigil during BSP supermo and Uttar Pardesh Chief Minister Mayawati's election rally in Jammu. A man carries a cut-out of Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati in Allahabad. JD (S) chief H D Deve Gowda at a dinner hosted by UP Chief Minister Mayawati at her residence, in New Delhi. <b>123, Get Set, Go: </b>Nuclear deal went from comatose to alive and kicking as Congress ditched the Left and signed up with the Samajwadi Party to push it through Parliament, and beyond. <b>Saturday August 9, 2008<br>
</b>Meanwhile, in Lucknow, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati announced
that she has chosen her political heir, identifying him as a person belonging to
‘chamar’ subcaste of the Scheduled Castes and as someone 18 to 20 years
younger to her. She said that she would not name the heir during her lifetime
lest her rivals start creating roadblocks but claimed that she had sealed the
name in envelopes handed over to two confidants to be opened after her death.
Significantly, in August 2006, after being re-elected as the chief of BSP, she
had publicly stated that someone belonging to the same caste sub-group 30-35
years younger than her would take over the reins of the party after her. Of
course, the press conference was to drive the point home to her constituency:
"If I can become chief minister of UP four times... why cannot I become the
PM. If people from sarv samaj (all castes) continue to support the BSP nobody
can prevent me from becoming the prime minister." She accused the UPA and
NDA of conspiring against her before the trust vote in parliament so that a Dalit cannot become PM Clearly, the victor of the last long week in politics was Mayawati. Suddenly, everyone from the so-called UNPA to the Left was hailing her as the next Prime Minister. What seemed to have set the cat among the pigeons was the sudden turnaround by Samajwadi party general secretary and spokesperson Shahid Siddiqui. who had also accompanied the PM as part of his delegation to Japan. On 19th morning, he was among the editors that the PM had called for a briefing on the Nuke deal and the trust vote after which he was reported to have rubbished all rumours of dissensions in Samajwadi party and had even expressed confidence that some of the BSP MPs would be joining the party in favour of the deal. This was at around 11 AM. By 2 PM, he was standing beside BSP chief Mayawati, outside her residence, cursing the nuke pact and curiously enough calling it against urdu-speaking people. <b>
July 13</b><br>
How effective is the CBI? Very. Once the UP chief minister withdrew her support to the UPA, the CBI, as if waiting on cue, moved in. On July 10, it told Supreme Court that there was ample evidence to prosecute Ms Mayawati in a disproportionate assets case and that it would file a chargesheet against her soon. Why was it quiet so far, we do not know. In any case, help was at hand since the Left was feeling stung by the Samajwadi Party stepping in to fill the number shortage caused by its withdrawal of support to the UPA. And so this meeting was very much on the cards. And it didn't take too long to materialise. Comrade Prakash Karat was off to meet Kumari Mayawati: We wanted both parties to cooperate in the struggle against the nuclear deal and on the trust vote in the Lok Sabha, Mr. Karat said after the meeting.  Ms. Mayawati reiterated her opposition to the deal. Mr. Karat appreciated her stand and said the deal was ‘against the country’s interests.’ That was not all. The comrades also got into an unholy scrap with the Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee. Jyoti Basu and other West Bengal leaders had questioned the need to vote with the BJP, after the point had been made, but the CPM insisted that the speaker too would resign from his post and vote against the UPA and the deal. The speaker, however, is having none of it and has defiantly refused to put in his papers till the numbers are counted on July 22. UP MLA Dharmraj Nishad takes blessings from Chief Minister Mayawati soon after being sworn-in as cabinet minister at Raj Bhawan in Lucknow. June 10 saw a former UP minister, Jamuna Prashad Nishad, being arrested by the police on charges of murder. He was the third minister recently sacked by Mayawati because of  criminal charges against them. <b>
Monday April 14, 2008</b><br>
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati showering flowers at the statue of Kanshi Ram after unveiling his statue along with her own on the occasion of 117th birth anniversary of Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar in Lucknow. While justifying the decision to erect her own statue, the Chief Minister invoked the BSP founder, who, she said was not in favour of statues being erected after the demise of leaders. Kanshi Ram preferred that statues of leaders be erected in their lifetime, she said. She added that the BSP founder had willed that alongside his statue, that of his
protégé (Ms. Mayawati) should also be built. Well, we have her word for it.<br>
</p> <b>Sunday February 24, 2008</b><br>
The lady's got her sights set on Delhi and both Congress and the BJP are
worried. Kicking off her party's campaign for the Assembly elections in Delhi and the Lok Sabha poll next
year, the Bahujan Samaj Party CM of UP Mayawati launched an offensive against both the
national parties: “Our party holds the BJP and the Congress responsible for this because since Independence they have been moulding economic policy to suit the capitalists and the rich. That is why the poor have got poorer and the rich have got richer,” she said. Mayawati also accused the two national parties of adopting a “divide-and-rule” policy by dividing the Dalits and the backward classes.
And the biggest vote puller? Promise of job quotas to Dalit Muslims and Dalit
Christians as well. Apprehending threat to her life because of her party's growing popularity, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has upped the ante: If I am killed, do not forgive the Congress-led dispensation in Delhi and take revenge. The loss must be avenged, with principal and interest, she said in a rally to launch her party's campaign for Lok Sabha elections due next year.
The Congress-led government at the Centre is imitating its predecessor NDA regime which had falsely implicated me in the Taj Corridor case and got registered a disproportionate assets case against me. Despite my having got relief from the Income Tax authorities, the UPA government is contemplating reopening these cases and I am receiving threats of being dumped in jail, she charged in her address  She also blamed the attacks against North Indians, particularly those from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, in Mumbai by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists, on the state's Congress-led government that  has not sternly dealt with the perpetrators. <b>January 15, 2008<br>
</b>With the entire state capital painted in BSP colour blue, Chief Minister
Mayawati celebrated her 52nd birthday in style - launching the controversial Rs
40,000-crore Noida-Ballia expressway project and favouring a three-way division
of the state. Sporting a new hairdo, Behanji also announced a string of projects
including a Rs 1,600 crore scheme for nine drought-affected districts and also
made it a point to announce that all the expenses for her birthday bash had been
paid for by her party, flaunting what she said were the receipts from the Public
Works and Electricity departments. She also reiterated her wish to fulfill her
father's dream to see her as PM, in volume three of her autobiography that was
also released to mark her birthday.<br> <b>Tuesday 5 June</b><br>
Giving a major relief to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, Governor T V Rajeswar has refused to grant sanction to 
prosecute her in the Rs 175 crore Taj Corridor scam holding there was no prima facie case and that corruption and 
forgery charges against the BSP supremo do not stand scrutiny. In his order which was communicated by the CBI in 
the designated court hearing the case in Lucknow, the Governor said that there is no element of corruption on her 
(Mayawati's) part. Mayawati's cabinet colleague Naseemuddin Siddique was also spared with the Governor not giving 
the sanction orders and the denial of sanction to prosecute them effectively mean that Special Judge (anti-corruption) 
Rekha Dixit would not be able to take cognizance of the matter. Immediately after the Governor's reprieve, Mayawati, 
who one of the six key accused in the case, slammed the BJP for maligning her image and accused it of using the 
CBI and the court to frame her in the case. While both the BJP and UPA's key ally CPI(M) flayed the Governor's move as a politically motivated, the Congress has defended the Governor's decision and dismissed suggestions it was a 'quid-pro-quo' for BSP's support in Presidential elections.
<b>Friday 11 May</b><br>
Bahujan Samaj Party leader <a href=full.asp?fodname=20070511&fname=uttarpradesh&sid=1 target=_blank> Mayawati</a> greets the audience, as statues of herself and Bhim Rao Ambedkar stand in the 
background, at Lucknow's Ambedkar park. Defying exit poll projections of a hung assembly in Uttar Pradesh by turning 
the old Congress constituency -- the Brahmin, Muslim, Dalit combine -- on its head, Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party 
obtained a simple majority in 403 member state assembly to form a single party government in the state after a gap of 
14 years. Immediately after taking on the reigns of Uttar Pradesh for the fourth time, Mayawati suspended three officials, 
including two IAS officers, for neglecting the upkeep of the Ambedkar park and has transferred 173 IPS officers, 
including twelve IGs, 27 DIGs and almost all district police chiefs and 18 IAS officers, including 13 Divisional 
Commissioners. Seven Brahmins, six Thakurs and five Muslims have been given cabinet berths in her 50 member 
jumbo ministry, out of which as many as 17 face criminal charges, including Anand Sen Yadav, who failed to take oath  at the swearing in ceremony on Sunday as he is currently lodged in Faizabad jail.  Mayawati, an accused in Rs 175  crore Taj Corridor scam case, has also received a reprieve from UP Governor T V Rajeshwar who has turned down  giving his sanction to start the prosecution by the CBI. The outgoing Mulayam Singh Yadav government had sent the file  giving permission to prosecute Mayawati to the Governor just two days before she became Chief Minister, but it is  widely believed that the Congress-led UPA would go soft on Maywati's corruption cases, considering the decisive role  her party would play in the Presidential elections due in July. <b>Monday 27 November</b><br>  
Ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, BSP Chief Mayawati suffered a major legal setback as the Supreme Court 
cleared the decks for her prosecution in the Rs 175-crore Taj Heritage Corridor scam by quashing a CBI report which 
recommended closure of the case against her. In a unanimous decision, a bench comprising Justices S B Sinha, S H 
Kapadia and D K Jain directed the CBI to place all materials and documents, including the report of its Superintendent 
of Police under whose supervision the case was investigated, before the Special Magistrate for taking appropriate 
action. The Bench also took strong exception to the fact that despite the entire investigating team favouring Mayawati's 
prosecution, the CBI Director preferred to refer the matter to Attorney General Milon K Banerji for his opinion. The Taj 
Heritage Corridor case involved building an entertainment complex worth millions of rupees close to the Taj Mahal in 
complete violation of environmental laws that forbade such buildings close to the World Heritage monument. 
<b>Saturday 11 November</b><br>
Samajwadi Party activists hold party flags and burn an effigy of Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) leader Mayawati in 
Allahabad to protest her remark about Muslims. The BSP held the mayor's post in the outgoing municipal corporation in 

Meerut. It kept off the fray and transferred its votes to the BJP to spite a former party colleague Haji Yaqub Qureshi 

(infamous for offering an award for killing the Danish cartoonists), now a minister in the Mulayam Singh government. 

Mayawati first justified it on the grounds that 'Muslims prefer 'kattarpanthis' (fundamentalists) in elections, which is why 

the BSP voters had backed BJP candidates  in Meerut, Agra, Ghaziabad and Moradabad. But in less than nine hours, 

she had a different spin: Some TV channels have been projecting that I have referred to Muslims in general as fanatics 

but that is not true. About transferring her party's votes to BJP she sought to clarify: All I said was that I asked my party 

supporters to vote for the strongest candidate against the wife of minister Haji Yaqoob Quraishi because he was trying 

to vitiate the atmosphere by fuelling fanaticism.  If she had upset one important constituency, she was soon all out to 

woo another, the Brahmins: Over the years why did the political parties fail to solve the problems faced by Dalits and 

Brahmins, she asked at a meeting of Brahmins at the party headquarters in Lucknow on Saturday, and went on to say 

that Dalits and Brahmins face the same kinds of problems so they should stay together.
Oct 12, 2014
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo, Mayawati being garlanded by party workers during an election rally in Faridabad.

- PTI Photo
Aug 30, 2014
Mayawati is garlanded after she was unanimously elected as the National President of BSP for the third term in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Aug 17, 2014
BSP supremo Mayawati addresses a press conference in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo by Atul Yadav
Aug 04, 2014
BSP leaders seek blessings of party supremo Mayawati at Parliament House during the budget session in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo by Atul Yadav
Jul 18, 2014
The statue removal

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May 17, 2014
BSP supremo Mayawati addressing a press conference on poll results, at her residence in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
May 10, 2014
BSP supremo Mayawati addressing press conference at her residence in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
May 06, 2014
Mayawati addresses a press conference at her residence in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
May 03, 2014
Mau: BSP supremo Mayawati at an election campaign rally in Mau district of UP.

- PTI Photo
Apr 27, 2014
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati, center, returns after addressing an election rally in Allahabad.

- AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh
Apr 18, 2014
Bhaujan Samajwadi Party Chief Mayawati at an election rally in support of party candidate Yogesh Divedi in Mathura.

- PTI Photo
Apr 13, 2014
BSP chief Mayawati waves to party workers at an election rally in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo/ Shashank Parade
Apr 07, 2014
BSP supremo Mayawati addressing an election rally at Sultanpuri in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo
Apr 05, 2014
BSP supremo Mayawati addresses an election campaign rally in Ghaziabad.

- PTI Photo
Apr 03, 2014
Crowd at BSP supremo Mayawatis election rally in Bijnor.

- PTI Photo
Mar 31, 2014
BSP supremo Mayawati during her party workers convention at Shaheed Minar in Kolkata.

- PTI Photo/Ashok Bhaumik
Mar 30, 2014
BSP national president Mayawati being garlanded by supporters during an election rally in Chandigarh.

- PTI Photo
Mar 20, 2014
Bunty Aur Babli (2005): The delectable scene of the sale of the Taj Mahal by minister Phoolsakhi to a foolish American was the highlight of the film. Pratima Kazmi as Phoolsakhi kept reminding one of Mayawati.

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Feb 13, 2014
Hear thee, faithful The BSP rally in Lucknow on January 15 to celebrate Mayawati’s 58th birthday saw huge numbers

- Nirala Tripathi
Feb 13, 2014
Cast in stone Ambedkar, flanked by Mayawati, Kanshi Ram at the Rs 685 cr Dalit Prerna Sthal park, Noida

- Sanjay Rawat
Feb 13, 2014
Vote count Behenji with Muslim leaders in Parliament

- AFP (From Outlook 24 February 2014)
Feb 07, 2014
BSP supremo Mayawati with party members at Parliament House during the extended winter session in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Vijay Kumar Joshi
Jan 15, 2014
BSP supremo during a rally on her 58th birthday in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Dec 06, 2013
BSP President Mayawati at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar 58th Mahaparinirvan Diwas, at the Parliament House, in New Delhi.

- Photo by Tribhuvan Tiwari/ Outlook
Dec 05, 2013
BSP party president Mayawati on the first day of the winter session at Parliament in New Delhi.

- Photo by Tribhuvan Tiwar/ Outlook
Nov 23, 2013
Bahujan Samaj Party President Mayawati is garlanded during a public meeting at Jhalamand on the outskirts of Jodhpur.

- PTI Photo
Oct 02, 2013
People take photographs of statues of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati, left, freedom fighter Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, center, and BSP founder Kanshi Ram inside a hall at Ambedkar Park, dedicated to dalits which was opened to the public, in Noida.

- AP Photo/ Altaf Qadri
Sep 27, 2013
Mayawati, BSP chief, during Media interaction after meeting President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi.

- Photo by Sanjay Rawat/ Outlook
Sep 06, 2013
BSP supremo Mayawati is garlanded at BSP Delhi Pradesh Maha Sammelan at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi.

- Photo by Tribhuvan Tiwari/ Outlook
Sep 05, 2013
BSP supremo Mayawati and Congress MP Renuka Chaudhary at Parliament House in New Delhi during ongoing monsoon session.

- PTI Photo/Kamal Singh
Aug 09, 2013


- Illustration by Sorit
Jul 31, 2013
BSP supremo Mayawati addresses a press conference in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Jul 15, 2013
BSP Supremo Mayawati during a visit to the blast-hit Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya.

- PTI Photo
Jul 15, 2013
BSP Supremo Mayawati during her visit to the blast-hit Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya.

- PTI Photo
Jul 14, 2013
BSP supremo Mayawati at a press conference in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Jun 10, 2013
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Union ministers Sushilkumar Shinde, Kamal Nath, Farooq Abdullah, Vayalar Ravi and BSP chief Mayawati at an all-party meeting on Naxal issue in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Manvender Vashist
Apr 19, 2013
BSP supremo Mayawati handing over a memorandum to UP Governor BL Joshi at Rajbhawan in Lucknow. The memorandum seeks President's rule in Uttar Pradesh claiming constitutional crisis in the state due to poor law and order situation.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Apr 14, 2013
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati at Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal to pay homage to B R Ambedkar on his 122nd birth anniversary, in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Apr 14, 2013
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati at Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal pays floral tribute to B R Ambedkar on his 122nd birth anniversary, in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Mar 21, 2013


- Illustration by Sorit
Jan 18, 2013
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati addresses a press conference in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Manvender Vashist
Jan 15, 2013
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo, Mayawati release her book titled "Mere Sangarshmai Jeevan Evam BSP Movement Ka Safarnama, Bhag-8" on her 57th Birthday at New Delhi.

- Sanjay Rawat
Jan 15, 2013
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati after addressing a press conference on her 57th birthday in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Manvender Vashist
Jan 15, 2013
Bahujan Samaj Party president, Mayawati addressing a Press Conference on her 57th Birthday at New Delhi.

- Sanjay Rawat
Dec 17, 2012
BSP chief Mayawati along with other party MPs speaks to media after the voting on 117th Constitutional Amendment Bill (quota in promotion bill) in Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/Subhav Shukla
Dec 06, 2012
BSP chief Mayawati at Parliament House after paying tributes to Bhim Rao Ambedkar. BSP today promised to vote in favour of FDI in Rajya Sabha, giving much relief to the government which is bracing for a crucial vote tomorrow, even as BJP and AIADMK attacked parties which sided with UPA despite having reservations over the measure.

- PTI
Dec 05, 2012
BSP supremo Mayawati addresses the media at Parliament House in New Delhi during the ongoing winter session.

- PTI Photo/ Manvender Vashist
Dec 05, 2012
BSP chief Mayawati speaks in Rajya Sabha in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo / TV GRAB
Dec 03, 2012
BSP chief Mayawati with party General Secretary Satish Chandra Mishra addresses a press conference on FDI in New Delhi. BSP today indicated that it will support the government in Parliament on the issue of FDI, saying the fact that the Centre has not thrust the policy on states and the aim of keeping communal forces at bay will determine its stand.

- PTI Photo/ Vijay Verma
Dec 03, 2012
BSP chief Mayawati addresses a press conference on FDI in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Vijay Verma
Nov 29, 2012
BSP chief Mayawati speaks to media at Parliament House in New Delhi during the ongoing winter session.

- PTI Photo/ Manvender Vashist
Nov 22, 2012
BSP MPs seek blessings of party supremo Mayawati as she arrives at Parliament on the first day of its winter session, in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/Vijay Verma
Oct 23, 2012
Mayawati

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Oct 09, 2012
A BSP supporter wears a headgear displaying a portrait of party leader and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati during a rally to mark the death anniversary of party founder Kanshi Ram in Lucknow.

- AP Photo/Nirala Tripathi
Oct 09, 2012
BSP supremo Mayawati shows a book while addressing a party rally on the occasion of party founder Kanshiram's sixth death anniversary in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Sep 03, 2012
BSP supremo Mayawati is greeted by a party MP during Parliament's monsoon session in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Atul Yadav
Aug 21, 2012
From left, BSP chief Mayawati, BJP leaders LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Samajwadi Party President Mulayam Singh Yadav and party leader Ram Gopal Yadav at all-party meeting in New Delhi to discuss the issue of giving reservation in job promotions to Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs).

- PTI Photo/ Kamal Kishore
Aug 08, 2012
Beyond his light? Some believe Kanshi Ram and Mayawati have done more for Dalits

- Sanjay Rawat
Aug 08, 2012
Totem on a flag A BSP rally in New Delhi

- Tribhuvan Tiwari
Aug 06, 2012
BSP chief and former Chief Minister Mayawati arrives to attend the UPA lunch at Ashoka Hotel in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Subhav Shukla
Aug 02, 2012
Vandal rule Mayawati’s beheaded statue in Lucknow

- AP
Jul 28, 2012
UP Navnirman Sena chief Amit Jaani, main accused in vadalising statue of BSP supremo Mayawati, being taken to the court in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Jul 26, 2012
People look at the scene after a marble statue of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati was vandalised by unidentified men at the Ambedkar Park in Lucknow. The statue was one among the nine towering statues of the Bahujan Samaj Party leader that has been adorning four lavish public parks in the state capital.

- AP Photo
Jul 19, 2012
BSP supremo Mayawati flashes victory sign after casting her vote for the election of the President in Parliament House in New Delhi. BJP MP Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi is also seen.

- PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
Jul 12, 2012
Out from a hole A win for Mayawati

- Nirala Tripathi
Jul 03, 2012
UPA Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee at a meeting with BSP supremo Mayawati at her residence in Lucknow on during his election campaign.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Jun 27, 2012
BSP supremo Mayawati signs the nomination paper of UPA Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee as Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla looks on, in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
May 19, 2012
Former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati settles for lunch after a press conference, in New Delhi.

- AP Photo/ Manish Swarup
May 19, 2012
Former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati, whose party suffered a crushing defeat in the recently held elections, speaks during a press conference, in New Delhi. Authorities in the state are now investigating whether Mayawati’s park projects honoring the contribution of dalits to the nation, including the father of the constitution B.R. Ambedkar, was an elaborate swindle.

- AP Photo/ Manish Swarup
May 19, 2012
BSP supremo Mayawati addresses a press conference in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Kamal Singh
May 11, 2012


- Shankar, Copyright: Children's Book Trust
May 11, 2012
BSP President Mayawati speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi. Proceedings in Parliament were disrupted due to turmoil over a cartoon of B R Ambedkar in NCERT's STD XI Political Science text book. Mayawati threatened to stall Parliament proceedings if action was not taken against those responsible within three days.

- PTI Photo/ TV GRAB
May 11, 2012
BSP President and Rajya Sabha MP Mayawati speaks to media at Parliament House in New Delhi during the ongoing budget session.

- PTI Photo/ Vijay Kumar Joshi
May 11, 2012
Proceedings in Parliament were disrupted due to turmoil over a cartoon of B R Ambedkar in NCERT's STD XI Political Science text book. BSP Chief Mayawati threatened to stall Parliament proceedings if action was not taken against those responsible within three days. HRD minister Kapil Sibal said there was no question of anybody trying to malign Ambedkar or anybody trying to make fun of him because "that I think will be against the secular ethos of our country".

- Shankar, Copyright: Children's Book Trust
Apr 24, 2012
BSP chief Mayawati, newly elected Rajya Sabha member, being greeted by party members at Parliament on the first day of the second phase of budget session in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Subhav Shukla
Apr 14, 2012
BSP supremo and former UP Chief Minister Mayawati pays tribute to B R Ambedkar on his 121st birth anniversary in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Mar 14, 2012


- Illustration by Sorit
Mar 13, 2012
BSP supremo Mayawati filing her nomination papers for Rajya Sabha in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Mar 08, 2012
Grin and... Mayawati after submitting her resignation

- Nirala Tripathi
Mar 08, 2012


- Illustrations by Hadimani
Mar 07, 2012
BSP supremo Mayawati submits her resignation as Chief Minister to Uttar Pradesh Governor BL Joshi at Rajbhawan in Lucknow a day after her party's defeat in the assembly polls.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Mar 07, 2012
Outgoing Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh state Mayawati looks on during a press conference after submitting her resignation, in Lucknow. The bottom-caste dalit leader suffered a crushing defeat in state polls, a rebuke from voters for spending a fortune on public parks complete with gigantic statues of herself and other party leaders instead of reforming the health and education systems during her 5-year term.

- AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh
Mar 06, 2012
A bird sits on a statue of Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh state Mayawati at Ambedkar Park in Noida. Mayawati, the bottom-caste dalit leader, suffered a crushing defeat in the key state elections as the socialist Samajwadi Party's victory appeared strong enough to allow it to form a government on its own.

- AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal
Feb 22, 2012
UP Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati addressing an election meeting in Greater Noida ahead of the fifth phase of UP Elections.

- PTI Photo
Feb 21, 2012
UP Chief Minister & BSP supremo Mayawati addresses an election rally in Aligarh.

- PTI Photo
Feb 19, 2012
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati shows her ink marked finger after casting vote at a polling station, during the fourth phase of UP assembly polls in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo / Nand Kumar
Feb 19, 2012
BSP Supremo Mayawati arrives to cast her vote at a polling station in Lucknow.

- AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Feb 16, 2012
Close Shave A dye-hard BSP supporter flaunts his style at BSP boss Mayawati’s rally at the Parade Grounds, Allahabad, Feb 9

- PTI
Feb 08, 2012
Best seats Billboards were still reaching the ground but Behenji’s women supporters reach early for her rally in Sitapur, Feb 1

- Tribhuvan Tiwari
Feb 08, 2012
In the air Mayawati supporters

- Tribhuvan Tiwari
Feb 08, 2012
Mayawati wave as she arrives at a Sitapur rally

- Tribhuvan Tiwari
Feb 07, 2012
Supporters dance during UP Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati's election rally in Azamgarh.

- PTI Photo
Feb 06, 2012
People turn away and cover themselves from rising dust as a chopper carrying Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati takes off after an election rally in Gorakhpur.

- AP Photo/ Manish Swarup
Feb 06, 2012
Portraits of Bahujan Samaj Party leaders, Kanshiram, left, Mayawati, right, and Dalit leader B.R. Ambedkar adorn a flag at a party rally in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. India's biggest state Uttar Pradesh will go for polling in seven phases starting from Feb. 8.

- AP Photo/Manish Swarup
Feb 06, 2012
Uttar Pradesh state Chief Minister Mayawati speaks at an election rally in Gorakhpur.

- AP Photo/ Manish Swarup
Feb 06, 2012
BSP supremo and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati listens to other speakers during an election rally in Gorakhpur. Uttar Pradesh will go for polling in seven phases starting from Feb. 8.

- AP Photo/ Manish Swarup
Feb 02, 2012
A worker erects a hoarding of Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati at the venue of a rally to be addressed by her at Faizabad. Uttar Pradesh, will be choosing its state assembly in elections starting next week.

- AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh
Feb 01, 2012
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati addresses an election rally in Barabanki. Slamming the Congress manifesto as a "bundle of hollow promises", Mayawati accused the party of using the dalits as a votebank and trying to divide the community under a "planned conspiracy" by promising them sub-quota.

- PTI Photo/ Atul Yadav
Feb 01, 2012
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati waves to crowd during an election rally in Barabanki.

- PTI Photo/ Atul Yadav
Jan 23, 2012
**COMBO** Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister & BSP supremo Mayawati addresses an election rally in Roorkee.

- PTI Photo
Jan 23, 2012
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister & BSP supremo Mayawati being garlanded by party workers at an election rally in Dehradun.

- PTI Photo
Jan 22, 2012
A supporter argues with a police officer who was apparently blocking her view of Mayawati, addressing an election rally in Mukhtsar, Punjab.

- AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
Jan 22, 2012
A roadside vendor sells portraits of Dalit leaders and other items before the start of an election rally to be addressed by Mayawati, the BSP supremo in Mukhtsar, Punjab.

- AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
Jan 21, 2012
Chief Minister of Utter Pradesh and head of the BSP party Mayawati waves to the crowd during an election rally in Punjab.

- PTI Photo
Jan 15, 2012
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati with Party's general secretary Satish Mishra during a function on her 56th birthday in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Jan 12, 2012
who wants to be CM? Supporters moot Maya as PM

- Nirala Tripathi
Jan 10, 2012
Workers cover elephant statues at Ambedkar Memorial Park in Lucknow. Workmen using truckloads of cloth raced to comply with election officials who ordered the statues of Chief Minister of Utter Pradesh, Mayawati, along with nearly 200 statues of elephants, her party's symbol, be covered. The Election Commission said the statues were built using public money and their display violates rules for the upcoming elections in UP

- AP Photo/ Tsering Topgyal
Jan 09, 2012
A worker walks by a statue of the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati, at the Ambedkar park in Noida. Workmen carting truckloads of cloth raced to comply with election regulations and cover up a dozen gigantic statues that the flamboyant chief minister had erected of herself. Election Commission said the massive statues of Mayawati were built using public money and their display violated the rules for next month's election in UP.

- AP Photo/ Saurabh Das
Jan 07, 2012
The statue of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati along with BSP founder Kanshiram at Samajik Parivartan Prateek Sthal in Lucknow. The Election Commission ordered today that all statues of Chief Minister Mayawati and BSP poll symbol "elephant" in Uttar Pradesh be covered till assembly polls were over. It also ordered the replacement of the state's DGP Brij Lal and Home Secretary Fateh Bahadur

- PTI Photo by Nand Kumar
Jan 04, 2012


- Caricatures: Varun Vashishtha; Concept: Sebastian PT
Jan 02, 2012
Ex-Minister of State (Independent charge) for Backward Classes Welfare Avdesh Kumar Verma weeps in public after being denied a ticket by Uttar Pradesh CM, Mayawati and joined BJP.

- PTI Photo
Dec 21, 2011
Purvanchal, Bundelkhand, Awadh Pradesh and Paschim Pradesh

Mayawati’s idea of the coming dystopia—four new regions carved out of Uttar Pradesh.

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Dec 20, 2011
UP Chief Minister Mayawati addressing a press conference in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Dec 18, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati waves as she receives a memento during "Muslim, Chhatriya and Vaishya" rally in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Dec 13, 2011
UP Chief Minister Mayawati addressing a press conference in Lucknow. Accusing the Congress of being soft on corruption, Mayawati today demanded that the Prime Minister, CBI, Group C and D employees be brought under the ambit of Lokpal and vowed to oppose the bill in its present form.

- PTI Photo | Nand Kumar
Dec 08, 2011
We believe Mr Sibal is not very happy with such creative photoshopping.

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Dec 06, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati unveiling 160 projects worth Rs 1500 crores during a function organised to observe 55th Parinirvan Diwas of Bhim Rao Ambedkar in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo / Nand Kumar
Nov 27, 2011
Supporters belonging to lower castes present a huge floral garland to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati at a rally in Lucknow.

- AP Photo
Nov 26, 2011
Chief Minister Mayawati addressing a press conference in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Nov 21, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati addressing a press conference, in Lucknow. Amidst din, the UP Assembly passed a controversial resolution on splitting the state into four parts by voice vote minutes after which the lower house was adjourned sine die.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Nov 21, 2011
Samajwadi Party members raising slogans against Mayawati government in the UP assembly on the first day of its winter sesson, which was later adjourned sine die, in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Nov 21, 2011
Chief Minister Mayawati in the UP assembly on the first day of its winter sesson, which was later adjourned sine die, in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Nov 17, 2011
Quick thinker Maya springs a surprise

- AFP (From Outlook, November 21, 2011)
Nov 16, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati offers prayer before a statue of Mahatma Buddh at UP pavilion at the 31st India International Trade Fair in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Kamal Kishore
Nov 15, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati addressing a press conference regarding a proposal for creation of four states, in Lucknow. In a bid to outsmart rivals ahead of the Assembly elections, Mayawati announced bringing a resolution in the House for carving out four new states in the winter session beginning next week.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Nov 08, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati addressing a press conference in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Nov 03, 2011
Bronze assault Statues of BSP leaders at Rashtriya Dalit Prerna Sthal, Noida

- Sanjay Rawat
Nov 02, 2011
President Patibha Patil being received by UP Chief Minister Mayawati at Amausi Airport in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Nov 02, 2011
President Patibha Patil being welcomed by UP Governor BL Joshi and Chief Minister Mayawati at Amausi Airport in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Oct 26, 2011


- Illustration by Sorit
Oct 24, 2011


- Sandeep Adhwaryu
Oct 14, 2011
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati inaugurates Rashtriya Dalit Prerna Sthal, Ambedkar Park in Noida.

- PTI Photo
Oct 14, 2011
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati speaks during an inauguration of Rashtriya Dalit Prerna Sthal, Ambedkar Park in Noida.

- PTI Photo
Oct 14, 2011
Crowd gather as Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati inaugurates Rashtriya Dalit Prerna Sthal, Ambedkar Park in Noida.

- PTI Photo
Oct 14, 2011
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati during the inauguration of the Rashtriya Dalit Prerna Sthal, Ambedkar Park in Noida.

- PTI Photo
Oct 14, 2011
Uttar Pradesh state chief minister Mayawati stands near large statues of herself, Indian freedom leader Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar and Bahujan Samaj Party leader Kansi Ram in a hall at a newly inaugurated park in Noida.

- AP Photo/Pankaj Nangia
Oct 14, 2011
A row of stone elephants line a newly inaugurated park in Noida, a suburb of New Delhi. The park was inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati.

- AP Photo/Pankaj Nangia
Oct 10, 2011
Senior state and district police and administrative officers inspecting the security arrangements at the Ambedkar Park in Noida ahead of UP CM Mayawati's visit for its inauguration.

- PTI Photo
Oct 10, 2011
Security arrangements at the Ambedkar Park in Noida ahead of UP CM Mayawati's visit for its inauguration.

- PTI Photo
Oct 09, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati pays tributes to the founder of BSP Kanshiram on his fifth death anniversary at Kanshiram Smarak Sthal in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo
Sep 28, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati declares Hapur as new district of UP called Panchsheel Nagar, in Ghaziabad.

- PTI Photo
Sep 06, 2011
UP Chief Minister Mayawati addresses a press conference in Lucknow regarding the WikiLeaks report about her. Slamming the report, Mayawati alleged that its owner was either playing in the hands of her political opponents or had gone "mad". According to the WikiLeaks report on Mayawati, the chief minister was obsessed with security and that she had once dispatched a plane to get her favourite sandals from Mumbai.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Aug 31, 2011
UP Governor B. L Joshi and CM Mayawati greeting Muslims on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo by Nand Kumar
Aug 24, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Governor BL Joshi and Chief Minister Mayawati at a Roza Iftaar party at Raj Bhawan in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Aug 04, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati holds an all-party meeting at Vidhan Bhawan in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Jul 25, 2011


- Sandeep Adhwaryu
Jul 04, 2011


- Sandeep Adhwaryu
Jun 27, 2011
UP Chief Minister Mayawati arrives for a meeting with senior officers to review law and order, at Vidhan Bhawan in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Jun 27, 2011
UP Chief Minister Mayawati arrives for a meeting with senior officers to review law and order, at Vidhan Bhawan in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Jun 26, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati offered garland by the party workers during a rally in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo/ Mitesh Bhuvad
Jun 16, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister & BSP supremo Mayawati being garlanded by party workers during the party's one-day convention in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Vijay Kumar Joshi
Jun 15, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati addressing a press conference in Lucknow. Facing opposition flak, Mayawati said her government has no objection to a CBI inquiry into the Lakhimpur teenaged girl's murder case if the victim's family wanted it. However, she said her government has been apprehensive as the CBI had "messed up" the Aarushi Talwar murder case in Noida.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Jun 02, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati during a meeting with the farmers at Tilak Hall at Vidhan Bhawan in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Jun 02, 2011
Samajwadi Party activists with a garland of fake currency notes during a protest demonstration against Mayawati government, in Allahabad.

- PTI Photo
Jun 02, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati addressing a press conference in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
May 13, 2011
Youth Congress members beat an effigy of UP Chief Minister Mayawati during a protest against the arrest of Rahul Gandhi in Greater Noida, in Bhubaneswar.

- PTI Photo
May 13, 2011
Congress workers burning a poster of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati during a protest against the arrest of AICC general Secretary Rahul Gandhi and Digvijay Singh, in Srinagar.

- PTI Photo/ S Irfan
May 13, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati is escorted by security guards as she arrives at a function to mark the completion of four years in the state government in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
May 12, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati arrives to address a press conference in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo
May 12, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati addressing a press conference in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo
Apr 21, 2011
UP Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati waves to party activists during an election campaign rally in support of party's candidate in Kolkata.

- PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra
Apr 10, 2011
BSP Chief and UP Chief Minister Mayawati receiving memento by party workers during an election campaign rally in Chennai ahead of assembly polls in Tamil Nadu.

- PTI Photo/ R Senthil Kumar
Mar 10, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati addressing the media at her official residence in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Mar 04, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati inaugurate Manyawar Sri Kanshiram ji Green Garden (Eco) Park in Lucknow on March 3.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Feb 26, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati during an inspection at Malin Basti in Faizabad.

- PTI Photo
Feb 25, 2011
Police men beating lawyers to prevent them to reach Chief Minister Mayawati's residence to hand over memorandum of their demands including more provisions for welfare of lawyers in the state budget in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Feb 24, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati during her inspection at the district hospital in Azamgarh.

- PTI Photo
Feb 19, 2011
UP CM Mayawati interacts with students of a primary school during a surprise inspection in Bijnor district.

- PTI Photo
Feb 13, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati during an inspection at a slum area in Allahabad.

- PTI PHOTO
Feb 10, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati during an inspection at Chetganj Police Station in Varanasi.

- PTI Photo
Feb 08, 2011
A TV Grab shows a personal security officer cleaning the shoes of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati. The incident took place on Sunday Feb 6, 2011, when Mayawati was visiting Naunipur village in the district. On noticing her dusty shoes after alighting from a chopper, PSO Padam Singh, who has been working with her for long and was close to BSP founder Kanshi Ram, started cleaning her shoes. The shoe-wiping continued for some time even as the chief minister spoke to district officials who had converged on the tarmac to welcome her. Singh, a retired police officer currently on extension, supervises the personal security of Mayawati. Opposition parties have slammed the "feudalistic" attitude of the chief minister.

- TV Grab/ NDTV
Jan 26, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati arrives to take salute during Republic Day parade in Lucknow

- PTI Photo
Jan 24, 2011


- Sandeep Adhwaryu
Jan 24, 2011
Congress workers blacken a poster of U.P. Chief Minister Mayawati during a protest against crime in Allahabad.

- PTI Photo
Jan 20, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati addresses the media at her official residence in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo
Jan 19, 2011
Maya memsaab The Buddha Vihar Shanti Upvan in Lucknow

- Nirala Tripathi
Jan 15, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati releasing book "A Travelogue of My Struggle-ridden Life and BSP Movement" during her 55th birthday function at Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Auditorium in Lucknow. Mayawati today ordered the release of a jailed backward caste girl who was allegedly raped by a BSP MLA and said action will be taken against policemen involved in harassing the minor who was charged with theft apparently as part of a "conspiracy".

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Jan 15, 2011
A Samajwadi Party worker showing a 'chapati' bearing a message during a protest against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's birthday celebration in Allahabad.

- PTI Photo
Jan 15, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati launching over 600 development schemes worth over Rs 4000 crores on her 55th birthday at Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Auditorium in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Jan 15, 2011
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati unveiling a statue of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar on her 55th birthday at Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Auditorium in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Jan 14, 2011
A view of a pillar illuminated ahead of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's birthday celebrations, in Gomti Nagar area of Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Jan 13, 2011
A view of a decorated road with posters of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati ahead of her birthday celebrations, in Gomti Nagar area of Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Jan 05, 2011
Policemen confiscate an effigy of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati from agitating youth activists of Samajwadi Party Allahabad.

- PTI Photo
Dec 20, 2010
Caste iron Mayawati, garlanded in notes

- Nirala Tripathi
Dec 08, 2010
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati visiting the site of the blast at Dashashwamedh Ghat on the bank of the river Ganga in Varanasi on Tuesday night, Dec 7, 2010.

- PTI Photo
Dec 06, 2010
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati waves to supporters after inaugurating various developmental projects on the occasion of 54th death anniversary of BR Ambedkar in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar
Nov 27, 2010
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati chairs a review meeting of law, order and development, at Tilak Hall in the state Assembly in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo
Aug 18, 2010
UP Chief Minister Mayawati arrives to chair a meeting of senior police and home department officials to review law and order situation in the state at Vidhan Bhawan, in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Jun 15, 2010
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP chief Mayawati being presented with a memento during a zonal rally of the party in Patna.

- PTI Photo
May 13, 2010
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati releasing booklets highlighting her government's achievements during a press conference in Lucknow to mark the completion of three years of the BSP government in the state.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Apr 28, 2010


- Illustration by Sandeep Adhwaryu
Apr 27, 2010
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati addressing a press conference at her official residence in Lucknow. Bolstering the government ahead of voting on opposition-sponsored cut motion in Lok Sabha, BSP, with 21 MPs, came out openly in support of the ruling UPA.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Apr 14, 2010
BSP President and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati being welcomed by party workers as she arrives at Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal to pay floral tributes to B R Ambedkar on his 119th birth anniversary, in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Apr 14, 2010
BSP President and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati making an aerial survey of party's dharna against the Women Reservation Bill in its present form in different parts of the state.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Apr 08, 2010
Advocates of Allahabad High Court burning an effigy of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati in protest against yesterday's police lathi charge on them, in Allahabad.

- PTI Photo
Apr 01, 2010
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati

- Narendra Bisht
Mar 24, 2010
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and Melinda Gates, Co-chair and Trustee of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, during a meeting at the former's official residence at Kalidas Marg in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo
Mar 23, 2010


- Sandeep Adhwaryu
Mar 22, 2010
Police stop BJP Youth Wing workers demonstrating against BSP Chief Mayawati's currency notes' garlands in Lucknow. Protestors were carrying a garland made up of a plant, locally known as 'Besharam', to offer it to BSP chief.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Mar 20, 2010
BJP activists during a protest against BSP supremo Mayawati's garland of currency notes in Allahabad. The garlanded was presented to Mayawati at party's recently at the Maharally.

- PTI Photo
Mar 17, 2010
In a show of defiance ignoring all criticism, BSP chief and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati today got herself garlanded with currency notes said to be of the value of Rs 18 lakh. The garland comprising notes of various denominations was put around her neck at a meeting of party leaders despite an opposition outcry over her being presented a similar garland of value estimated between Rs 21 lakh and Rs 15 crore at a massive rally.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Mar 16, 2010
BSP supremo and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati being offered a garland made up of 1000 rupee notes during party's Maharally, organised to mark its silver jubilee celebrations, in Lucknow. Mayawati was today in the eye of a fresh storm in the Lok Sabha with Samajwadi Party and Congress demanding a probe into the multi-crore garland presented to her at a lavish BSP rally in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Mar 16, 2010
The stage is seen swarmed with bees during BSP Chief Mayawati's address at the 'Maharally', organised to mark party's silver jubilee, in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Mar 15, 2010
BSP supremo and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati being garlanded by party workers during the party's Maharally, organised to mark its silver jubilee celebrations, in Lucknow. A stark display of wads of Rs 1,000 notes, stitched in this mammoth garland and estimated to be running into millions of rupees, presented to her at the rally have given more ammunition to the Opposition to target her. Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Singh Yadav has demanded a CBI inquiry into how such a huge amount was openly given in public.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Feb 22, 2010
A Congress worker blackens a poster of UP Chief Minister Mayawati while protesting lathicharge on Cngress workers in Allahabad.

- PTI Photo
Jan 27, 2010
Mayawati's statue- and memorial building spree that has left the state poorer by nearly Rs 6,000 crore

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Jan 21, 2010
Members welcome Chief Minister Mayawati as she arrives to attend the proceedings on the first day of budget session in Vidhan Sabha in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Jan 15, 2010
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati having a look of the plaques of the welfare schemes of whose foundation staone she laid on the occasion of her 54th birthday at a funchtion at her official residence in Lucknow. Mayawati laid the foundation stone of 264 schemes worth Rs 7312 crores.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Jan 14, 2010
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati addressing a press conference in Lucknow. She alleged that the Centre's "faulty" economic, import and export policies and its "tendency to benefit capitalists and big businessman" resulted in skyrocketing prices. She also ruled out allowing mills in her state to process imported raw sugar despite requests by the Centre to lift the restrictions.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Jan 13, 2010
A huge gate being erected outside Chief Minister Mayawati's residence ahead of her birthday, falling on Jan 15.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Jan 07, 2010
UP Chief Minister Mayawati casting her vote at a polling station during the legislative council election in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Nov 15, 2009
Swami Prasad Maurya stoops to touch the feet of UP Chief Minister Mayawati, after he administered oath of office at the Raj Bhawan, in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Nov 12, 2009
Uttar Pradesh CM Mayawati flags off the first Noida-Delhi metro train from the Noida City Centre station.

- PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist
Nov 12, 2009
If the presence of UP CM Mayawati at the Noida-Delhi Metro inauguration required bending some rules, big deal? Despite a ban on eatables inside the metros, an arrangement for snacks can be seen aboard the train in which the CM enjoyed a ride after flagging it off.

- PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist
Sep 18, 2009
Mayawati's penchant for building statues, at a stupendous cost (of more than Rs 2,000 crore) to the exchequer, led her to considerable legal trouble. The Supreme Court called it a waste of public funds, but the lady was unmoved. Meanwhile, the UPA remained busy naming various public and government schemes after the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty icons.

- Nirala Tripathi
Sep 16, 2009
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati with BJP MP at a Roza Iftaar party, hosted at Raj Bhawan in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Jul 17, 2009
Congress party workers protest against the arrest of their party's leading member Rita Bahuguna Joshi, in Allahabad.

- AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Jul 17, 2009
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati addressing a press conference in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo
Jul 16, 2009
Congress activists burn the effigy of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati near Uttar Pradesh Congress Unit Office in Lucknow after the arrest of UPCC Prsedent Rita Bahuguna Joshi.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Jul 10, 2009
The Supreme Court (SC) refused to restrain the Uttar Pradesh government from carrying out work for installation of statues of Chief Minister Mayawati and other Dalit leaders at a park in Noida. "If the cabinet has approved it, then we can't do anything," the Bench said.

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Jun 19, 2009
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP chief Mayawati leaves after addressing party workers during party's "Sharm Karo Diwas" in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
May 05, 2009
A BSP supporter carries big cut out of party supremo Mayawati during an election campaign rally in Ghaziabad.

- PTI Photo
May 03, 2009
BSP President and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati along with party's Delhi state candidates at an election rally in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/Subhav Shukla
Apr 30, 2009
Uttar Pradesh chief minister and BSP chief Mayawati displaying her voter identity card before exercising her franchise at a polling station in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Apr 14, 2009
BSP supremo Mayawati appreciates a silver elephant, the party's symbol, gifted by state party leaders during an election rally in Jaipur.

- PTI Photo
Apr 12, 2009
UP chief minister and BSP supremo Mayawati addresses the crowd during an election rally, in Varanasi.

- PTI Photo
Mar 30, 2009
A security personnel on vigil during BSP supermo and Uttar Pardesh Chief Minister Mayawati's election rally in Jammu.

- PTI Photo
Mar 19, 2009
A man carries a cut-out of Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati in Allahabad.

- AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Mar 15, 2009
JD (S) chief H D Deve Gowda at a dinner hosted by UP Chief Minister Mayawati at her residence, in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo
Dec 26, 2008
123, Get Set, Go: Nuclear deal went from comatose to alive and kicking as Congress ditched the Left and signed up with the Samajwadi Party to push it through Parliament, and beyond.

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Aug 12, 2008
Saturday August 9, 2008
Meanwhile, in Lucknow, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati announced that she has chosen her political heir, identifying him as a person belonging to ‘chamar’ subcaste of the Scheduled Castes and as someone 18 to 20 years younger to her. She said that she would not name the heir during her lifetime lest her rivals start creating roadblocks but claimed that she had sealed the name in envelopes handed over to two confidants to be opened after her death. Significantly, in August 2006, after being re-elected as the chief of BSP, she had publicly stated that someone belonging to the same caste sub-group 30-35 years younger than her would take over the reins of the party after her. Of course, the press conference was to drive the point home to her constituency: "If I can become chief minister of UP four times... why cannot I become the PM. If people from sarv samaj (all castes) continue to support the BSP nobody can prevent me from becoming the prime minister." She accused the UPA and NDA of conspiring against her before the trust vote in parliament so that "a Dalit cannot become PM"

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Jul 23, 2008
Clearly, the victor of the last long week in politics was Mayawati. Suddenly, everyone from the so-called UNPA to the Left was hailing her as the next Prime Minister. What seemed to have set the cat among the pigeons was the sudden turnaround by Samajwadi party general secretary and spokesperson Shahid Siddiqui. who had also accompanied the PM as part of his delegation to Japan. On 19th morning, he was among the editors that the PM had called for a briefing on the Nuke deal and the trust vote after which he was reported to have rubbished all rumours of dissensions in Samajwadi party and had even expressed confidence that some of the BSP MPs would be joining the party in favour of the deal. This was at around 11 AM. By 2 PM, he was standing beside BSP chief Mayawati, outside her residence, cursing the nuke pact and curiously enough calling it "against urdu-speaking people".

- PTI Photo
Jul 16, 2008
July 13
How effective is the CBI? Very. Once the UP chief minister withdrew her support to the UPA, the CBI, as if waiting on cue, moved in. On July 10, it told Supreme Court that there was "ample" evidence to prosecute Ms Mayawati in a disproportionate assets case and that it would file a chargesheet against her soon. Why was it quiet so far, we do not know. In any case, help was at hand since the Left was feeling stung by the Samajwadi Party stepping in to fill the number shortage caused by its withdrawal of support to the UPA. And so this meeting was very much on the cards. And it didn't take too long to materialise. Comrade Prakash Karat was off to meet Kumari Mayawati: "We wanted both parties to cooperate in the struggle against the nuclear deal and on the trust vote in the Lok Sabha," Mr. Karat said after the meeting. Ms. Mayawati reiterated her opposition to the deal. Mr. Karat appreciated her stand and said the deal was ‘against the country’s interests.’ That was not all. The comrades also got into an unholy scrap with the Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee. Jyoti Basu and other West Bengal leaders had questioned the need to vote with the BJP, after the point had been made, but the CPM insisted that the speaker too would resign from his post and vote against the UPA and the deal. The speaker, however, is having none of it and has defiantly refused to put in his papers till the numbers are counted on July 22.

- AP
Jun 11, 2008
UP MLA Dharmraj Nishad takes blessings from Chief Minister Mayawati soon after being sworn-in as cabinet minister at Raj Bhawan in Lucknow. June 10 saw a former UP minister, Jamuna Prashad Nishad, being arrested by the police on charges of murder. He was the third minister recently sacked by Mayawati because of criminal charges against them.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Apr 15, 2008
Monday April 14, 2008
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati showering flowers at the statue of Kanshi Ram after unveiling his statue along with her own on the occasion of 117th birth anniversary of Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar in Lucknow. While justifying the decision to erect her own statue, the Chief Minister invoked the BSP founder, who, she said was not in favour of statues being erected after the demise of leaders. Kanshi Ram preferred that statues of leaders be erected in their lifetime, she said. She added that the BSP founder had willed that alongside his statue, that of his protégé (Ms. Mayawati) should also be built. Well, we have her word for it.



- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Feb 26, 2008
Sunday February 24, 2008
The lady's got her sights set on Delhi and both Congress and the BJP are worried. Kicking off her party's campaign for the Assembly elections in Delhi and the Lok Sabha poll next year, the Bahujan Samaj Party CM of UP Mayawati launched an offensive against both the national parties: “Our party holds the BJP and the Congress responsible for this because since Independence they have been moulding economic policy to suit the capitalists and the rich. That is why the poor have got poorer and the rich have got richer,” she said. Mayawati also accused the two national parties of adopting a “divide-and-rule” policy by dividing the Dalits and the backward classes. And the biggest vote puller? Promise of job quotas to Dalit Muslims and Dalit Christians as well.

- PTI Photo/Shahbaz Khan
Feb 06, 2008
Apprehending threat to her life because of her party's "growing popularity", the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has upped the ante: "If I am killed, do not forgive the Congress-led dispensation in Delhi and take revenge. The loss must be avenged, with principal and interest," she said in a rally to launch her party's campaign for Lok Sabha elections due next year. "The Congress-led government at the Centre is imitating its predecessor NDA regime which had falsely implicated me in the Taj Corridor case and got registered a disproportionate assets case against me. Despite my having got relief from the Income Tax authorities, the UPA government is contemplating reopening these cases and I am receiving threats of being dumped in jail," she charged in her address She also blamed the attacks against North Indians, particularly those from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, in Mumbai by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists, on "the state's Congress-led government that has not sternly dealt with the perpetrators."

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Jan 16, 2008
January 15, 2008
With the entire state capital painted in BSP colour blue, Chief Minister Mayawati celebrated her 52nd birthday in style - launching the controversial Rs 40,000-crore Noida-Ballia expressway project and favouring a three-way division of the state. Sporting a new hairdo, Behanji also announced a string of projects including a Rs 1,600 crore scheme for nine drought-affected districts and also made it a point to announce that all the expenses for her birthday bash had been paid for by her party, flaunting what she said were the receipts from the Public Works and Electricity departments. She also reiterated her wish to fulfill her father's dream to see her as PM, in volume three of her autobiography that was also released to mark her birthday.


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Jun 11, 2007
Tuesday 5 June
Giving a major relief to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, Governor T V Rajeswar has refused to grant sanction to prosecute her in the Rs 175 crore Taj Corridor scam holding there was no prima facie case and that corruption and forgery charges against the BSP supremo do "not stand scrutiny". In his order which was communicated by the CBI in the designated court hearing the case in Lucknow, the Governor said that "there is no element of corruption on her (Mayawati's) part". Mayawati's cabinet colleague Naseemuddin Siddique was also spared with the Governor not giving the sanction orders and the denial of sanction to prosecute them effectively mean that Special Judge (anti-corruption) Rekha Dixit would not be able to take cognizance of the matter. Immediately after the Governor's reprieve, Mayawati, who one of the six key accused in the case, slammed the BJP for "maligning" her image and accused it of using the CBI and the court to frame her in the case. While both the BJP and UPA's key ally CPI(M) flayed the Governor's move as a "politically motivated", the Congress has defended the Governor's decision and dismissed suggestions it was a 'quid-pro-quo' for BSP's support in Presidential elections.

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May 15, 2007
Friday 11 May
Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati greets the audience, as statues of herself and Bhim Rao Ambedkar stand in the background, at Lucknow's Ambedkar park. Defying exit poll projections of a hung assembly in Uttar Pradesh by turning the old Congress constituency -- the Brahmin, Muslim, Dalit combine -- on its head, Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party obtained a simple majority in 403 member state assembly to form a single party government in the state after a gap of 14 years. Immediately after taking on the reigns of Uttar Pradesh for the fourth time, Mayawati suspended three officials, including two IAS officers, for neglecting the upkeep of the Ambedkar park and has transferred 173 IPS officers, including twelve IGs, 27 DIGs and almost all district police chiefs and 18 IAS officers, including 13 Divisional Commissioners. Seven Brahmins, six Thakurs and five Muslims have been given cabinet berths in her 50 member jumbo ministry, out of which as many as 17 face criminal charges, including Anand Sen Yadav, who failed to take oath at the swearing in ceremony on Sunday as he is currently lodged in Faizabad jail. Mayawati, an accused in Rs 175 crore Taj Corridor scam case, has also received a reprieve from UP Governor T V Rajeshwar who has turned down giving his sanction to start the prosecution by the CBI. The outgoing Mulayam Singh Yadav government had sent the file giving permission to prosecute Mayawati to the Governor just two days before she became Chief Minister, but it is widely believed that the Congress-led UPA would go soft on Maywati's corruption cases, considering the decisive role her party would play in the Presidential elections due in July.

- AP Photo/Ajay Kumar Singh
Nov 27, 2006
Monday 27 November
Ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, BSP Chief Mayawati suffered a major legal setback as the Supreme Court cleared the decks for her prosecution in the Rs 175-crore Taj Heritage Corridor scam by quashing a CBI report which recommended closure of the case against her. In a unanimous decision, a bench comprising Justices S B Sinha, S H Kapadia and D K Jain directed the CBI to place all materials and documents, including the report of its Superintendent of Police under whose supervision the case was investigated, before the Special Magistrate for taking appropriate action. The Bench also took strong exception to the fact that despite the entire investigating team favouring Mayawati's prosecution, the CBI Director preferred to refer the matter to Attorney General Milon K Banerji for his opinion. The Taj Heritage Corridor case involved building an entertainment complex worth millions of rupees close to the Taj Mahal in complete violation of environmental laws that forbade such buildings close to the World Heritage monument.

- AP File
Nov 13, 2006
Saturday 11 November
Samajwadi Party activists hold party flags and burn an effigy of Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) leader Mayawati in Allahabad to protest her remark about Muslims. The BSP held the mayor's post in the outgoing municipal corporation in Meerut. It kept off the fray and transferred its votes to the BJP to spite a former party colleague Haji Yaqub Qureshi (infamous for offering an award for killing the Danish cartoonists), now a minister in the Mulayam Singh government. Mayawati first justified it on the grounds that 'Muslims prefer 'kattarpanthis' (fundamentalists) in elections, which is why the BSP voters had backed BJP candidates in Meerut, Agra, Ghaziabad and Moradabad. But in less than nine hours, she had a different spin: "Some TV channels have been projecting that I have referred to Muslims in general as fanatics but that is not true". About transferring her party's votes to BJP she sought to clarify: "All I said was that I asked my party supporters to vote for the strongest candidate against the wife of minister Haji Yaqoob Quraishi because he was trying to vitiate the atmosphere by fuelling fanaticism." If she had upset one important constituency, she was soon all out to woo another, the Brahmins: "Over the years why did the political parties fail to solve the problems faced by Dalits and Brahmins," she asked at a meeting of Brahmins at the party headquarters in Lucknow on Saturday, and went on to say that Dalits and Brahmins face the same kinds of problems so they should stay together.

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Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo, Mayawati being garlanded by party workers during an election rally in Faridabad.

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