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Maya stakes claim to legacy

india Updated: Oct 19, 2006 10:38 IST

HOLDING THE urn that contained ashes of Kanshi Ram, Mayawati on Wednesday asserted that she was the sole inheritor of his legacy.

“I am the one who will complete the mission of Kanshi Ram,” she said.

Addressing a public meeting at Laxman Mela ground in Lucknow on December 15, 2001, Kanshi Ram had announced that I would be his successor, she said. “He wanted to give me the responsibility not for just strengthening the party but also to complete his mission,” she added.

“When the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) comes to power in the State, a memorial, park, and university would be set up in his memory. Some districts would also be named after him,” she declared.

After landing at the Amausi airport, she drove straight to the Ambedkar Maidan that was filled with BSP workers and supporters. As she walked from her vehicle to the Rath, people struggled to get a view of the urn. After keeping the urn in the Rath, Mayawati asked her supporters to follow.

Addressing party workers from the podium of the Prerna Kendra, she informed them about the serious condition of Kanshi Ram and how she looked after him.

Giving details of his illness, she said, “He was already a diabetic when he suffered a heart attack in 1994 followed by the formation of a clot in the brain artery in 1995. He suffered a brain stroke in 2003 when he had gone to Japan for treatment.”

Since then the party had spent over Rs 1 crore on his treatment and consulted the best doctors available in the country, she added. “On the advice of doctors, I even set up a nursing home in the house.”

She criticised the family members of Kanshi Ram for not supporting him during this period of crisis. While he was alive, Kanshi Ram had decided to never go to his parents, brothers and remain a bachelor, she said.

“After his death, rival political parties and RK Chaudhary (State sports and youth welfare minister) directed Kanshi Ram’s brothers to move the court and demand postmortem of his body. But their plan failed as their request was rejected,” she added.

“Kanshi Ram wanted to complete the mission of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar. For this, he wanted to see a BSP government in the State and at the Centre. He stressed on uniting people who were convinced with BSP’s ideology for transforming the Manuvadi society into an egalitarian society,” she continued.

He wanted to hand over the master key of political power to the dalits, she said.
“As the sole successor of my guru (Kanshi Ram), I lit his pyre,” she added. I would go in to the annals of history as the one who worked for the upliftment of women, she said.             

Mayawati placed the urn inside the Prerna Kendra and announced that her ashes would be kept in the dalit temple along those of Kanshi Ram to motivate the coming generations to keep the light of dalit movement burning.