Mayawati to choose political heir at old age
"When I grow old and am unable to walk, I shall also announce my political heir who could carry the movement forward," Mayawati said.india Updated: Aug 27, 2006 17:30 IST
Re-elected BSP President Mayawati on Sunday, said the name of her political heir would be announced when she "is too old and unable to walk" and would be no relative of hers.
"No member of my family nor any of my relatives would be made my political heir," Mayawati, who was unanimously re-elected party President for three years, said.
Addressing BSP central delegates from 20 states, Mayawati said the party's founder Kanshiram had declared her to be his only political heir "to take forward the dalit movement".
"When I grow old and am unable to walk, I shall also announce my political heir who could carry the movement forward," Mayawati said.
She said her political heir would be someone who was at least 35 years younger to her so that he could lead the "movement" for a longer period. "My political heir will be a member of the Chamar community," the BSP chief said.
Mayawati added that she would not appoint relatives on important party posts. The BSP leader also accused the Mulayam Singh Yadav-led government in Uttar Pradesh of being "neck deep in corruption".
Mayawati claimed the land acquisition deals for setting up industries in the state smacked of corruption.
She also accused the state government of failing on the law and order front and alleged the interests of the dalit community was being ignored.
Mayawati asked party workers to ensure that the BSP returned to power with an absolute majority in the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha election in Uttar Pradesh, due next year.