My heir belongs to Chamar caste: Mayawati

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Lucknow, Aug 10: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Saturday, Aug 9 said that she had chosen her political heir. She identified him as a person belonging to 'Chamar" subcaste of the Scheduled Castes and as someone 18 to 20 years younger to her.

Mayawati told a huge party workers gathering in Lucknow that she would not name the heir now as her opponents will start creating roadblocks for him. Her statement has triggered a wave of speculation within the Dalit outfit and outside, with the name of a legislator being bandied about. Earlier on the day she had revealed her aspiration of becoming the Prime Minister of India. She said, "If a 'Dalit ki beti' (daughter of a Dalit) can become the Chief Minister of India's largest and most populous State for four time, why can"t the same 'Dalit ki beti' become the Prime Minister of India," She was unveiling her agenda for the next Lok Sabha elections and the Vidhan Sabha polls in five States.

Mayawati, who took the attack to the Congress-led UPA government and the Bharatiya Janata Party, said there was a possibility that she might be jailed in the disproportionate assets (DA) case, or even killed by terrorists or naxalites. The BSP supremo cautioned her support base that in the event of her being sent to jail, or killed before the Lok Sabha elections, the momentum should not be lost. Instead, the Bahujan “samaj" should rise as one to wreak vengeance on the Opposition parties and ensure that the BSP did even better in the polls.
Campaign launched

The Chief Minister launched the BSP's poll campaign, a three-phase countrywide mass awareness agitation, at the party's national convention here on Saturday, Aug 9. In the first phase, the awareness agitation will be held in all the district headquarters in the State from September 1 to September 30.

The second phase from October 1 to October 31 will be taken to all the Vidhan Sabha constituencies in the country. The final phase from November 1 to December 31 will cover all the district headquarters in the country.

Mayawati said the BSP would contest all the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh and the names of the candidates have been finalised.

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