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Mayawati to take oath as UPs 32nd Chief Minister

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati will take oath as the 32nd Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh after being was invited by State Governor T V Rajeswar to form the Government in the State.

Lucknow, May 13 : Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati will take oath as the 32nd Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh after being was invited by State Governor T V Rajeswar to form the Government in the State.

The oath-taking ceremony will take place at a function in Raj Bhawan, a day before the next Assembly is constituted. Mayawati will take oath of office at 1.00 p.m. this afternoon.

This will be Mayawati's fourth time as Chief Minister, and the first time that she will be heading a majority government. Uttar Pradesh is having such a government after nearly 14 years.

Fifty-one-year old Mayawati was on Saturday unanimously elected the leader of her party's legislature group after her party had bagged 206 of the 402 Assembly seats.

Though this time she did not contest the polls and is presently representing UP in the Rajya Sabha, Mayawati has been Chief Minister three times earlier -- briefly in 1995 and 1997, and from 2002 to 2003 with the support of the BJP.

It has taken Mayawati 23 years to rise from a largely unknown entity to being Chief Minister for a fourth time in UP.

In 1984, the BSP was born, and few then gave the party that aggressively championed the Dalit cause a great future. Mayawati had then just resigned as a teacher from a state-owned school in Delhi.

Daughter of a telecommunications department employee, she initially wanted to be a district magistrate. She passed out from the Universities of Delhi and Meerut, studying law and then took up a course in teaching.

BSP founder leader Kanshi Ram spotted Mayawati and decided to groom her for much greater things.

A powerful speaker in Hindi, she combined her boundless energy and her commitment to Dalit society to unleash a campaign against the upper castes.

It helped that she was a Jatav, the most upwardly mobile sect among Dalits. She used her lung power to thunder before tens of thousands that she was a Dalit and was proud to be one.

As the first Dalit to run a state in India in 1995, she refused to compromise on her pro-Dalit stance. The 1995 stint lasted just four months. She came back to power in 1997, and that ended in six months.

'Bahenji', or Sister as Mayawati was known by then, had become an icon of Dalit politics. She returned for a third time as chief minister in 2002, and ruled for a year. Somewhere along the road she even eclipsed Kanshi Ram, whose death left her the supreme master of BSP.

ANI

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