Unfazed by the failure of efforts to pull down the UPA government that may have pitchforked her into national centrestage, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Saturday said that "nobody can stop her from becoming Prime Minister".
In a show of strength a fortnight after the attempt in Parliament floundered, the BSP leader addressed a huge gathering of her party workers and supporters and a surprise presence in the stage was that of suspended Congress leader and former External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh.
Singh and his son Jagat Singh, an expelled Congress MLA in Rajasthan, are expected to join the BSP.
"If I can become chief minister of UP four times...Why cannot I become the Prime Minister. If people from sarv samaj (all castes) continue to support the BSP nobody can prevent her from becoming the Prime Minister," she said addressing the party's National Workers Convention in lucknow.
Mayawati accused the "casteist" forces, UPA and NDA, of conspiring against her before trust-vote in parliament so that "a dalit cannot become PM".
"I am proud of taking birth in a dalit family. My life is a struggle and I will continue to work for dalits and poor throughout my life", she said striking an emotional chord with the party workers.
Alleging that oppoistion parties were trying to malign BSP government in the state, she cautioned party workers to remain alert against any propaganda against her government.