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The making of Mayawati

The book released on Mayawati's 50th b'day tells all that you wanted to know about her, reports Sunita Aron.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2006 17:46 IST
Sunita Aron
Sunita Aron

Everything you wanted to know about Mayawati, but didn't know whom to ask. It's all (at least, most of it) in her book the BSP leader released on her 50th birthday in Delhi recently.

Mere Sangharshmay Jeevan and Bahujan Movement ka Safarnaama, while silent on the pertinent but delicate question of her personal wealth and other idiosyncrasies, does talk politics in an almost candid manner.

For instance, page 546 of the first part of the book reveals that the BSP supremo is not averse to "adjustments" with the BJP "if it renounces its manuvadi traits and throws out small-time leaders who create rift in the alliance".

On the short-lived alliance with the SP, she says they came together to ensure that the Bahujan Samaj came under one umbrella, under the leadership of someone from the Bahujan Samaj. It failed because of Mulayam's selfish politics, she writes.

She wants Congress to treat the Bahujan Samaj better "unlike past leaders". And she demands a public apology from Mulayam for the infamous State Guest House incident.

The 2,000-page book traces Maya's political journey that started with her first meeting with Kanshi Ram sometime in 1977, across her three stints as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and ends with the political message that the interest of the uppercaste was also safe with the BSP.

Reacting to the book, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav said he would not publicly apologise for something he was not even involved in.

He said he had been magnanimous in ignoring BSP's baseless tirade against him. "Had I been vindictive, Mayawati and some of her ministers would have been in serious trouble," he said.

First Published: Jan 24, 2006 17:46 IST