'Kanshiram wanted my statues erected beside his'
BSP supremo and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Monday claimed that late party founder Kanshiram, in his will, wanted her statues to be erected beside those belonging to him.
"In his will, Kanshiramji stated that as 'Mayawati is my true follower, her statues shall also be installed'," the Chief minister said, addressing a huge gathering at Ambedkar Park here on the occasion of the 117th birth anniversary of Dalit icon Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar.
"Following Kanshiramji's will, my statues have been installed next to those of him at Bahujan Prerna Kendra in Lucknow and New Delhi, where his ashes are kept," Mayawati said, while asking party workers to keep her ashes after her death alongwith those of the party founder.
Quoting Kanshiram, Mayawati said memorials and statues of a person should be installed while he or she is alive. "That's why my statues have been installed in Lucknow and New Delhi," she said.
Thousands gathered at the park strewn with flowers and blue flags to celebrate Ambedkar's birth anniversary. The venue reverberated with slogans like "UP hui hamari, ab Delhi ki baari (UP is ours, now it is time to capture Delhi)" and tunes with lyrics like "Daliton ke sab dukh har liyo re Mayawati beheniya (All grief of dalits were redressed by sister Mayawati)" and "Mayawati ke roop me Daliton ke liye Shakti rup hua avtar Bhaiya (Mayawati is reincarnation of Goddess Durga for Dalits)."