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'Queen' Maya parties

The party was more like a wedding in a VVIP locality. All approach roads to the bungalow were decorated with huge arches, with 'Bahenji's' photographs on them, reports HS Bartwal.

india Updated: Jan 16, 2007 02:33 IST

If union minister Ram Vilas Paswan attended the glittering birthday bash of BSP chief Mayawati — who turned 51 on Monday threw — he would have turned green with envy.

For, everything about the Dalit leader's birthday party last year paled into insignificance when compared to the ostentatious mela organised at the BSP headquarters in New Delhi this time.

The party was more like a wedding in a VVIP locality. All approach roads to the bungalow were decorated with huge arches, with 'Bahenji's' photographs on them. Huge screens were put up outside the venue for workers from across the country.

Shamianas (enclosures) with chandeliers were erected for the guests inside. A throng of enthusiastic supporters cheered in appreciation as singers belted out songs in Mayawati's praise.

And as for the Daliton ki masiha (saviour of Dalits) herself, she sat regally all by herself on a massive stage. Much of her speech, however, was dedicated to explaining how the colourful bash had been organised in keeping with the last wishes of her mentor and BSP founder Kanshi Ram, who died last year.

The party was touted as the 'ArthikSahyog Diwas', where funds would be raised from the rank and file to support the events' calendar.

Email Hemendra Singh Bartwal: hsbartwal@hindustantimes.com