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A Chamar will be my successor: Mayawati

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Bahujan Samaj Party supremo rules out possibility of `dynastic rule' in the party



BSP chief Mayawati

LUCKNOW: Bahujan Samaj Party supremo chief Mayawati has said that her political successor would be from the Chamar sub-caste of the Dalits. The announcement, which came on Sunday after she was re-elected unanimously the party national president for the second successive term, is seen as a bid to keep the party's traditional vote-bank intact ahead of next year's Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. With this announcement, she has sent out a signal that she was firmly in control of the BSP and that there was no second line of command in the party. She also indicated that the party's basic philosophy had not been diluted. She said: "My political successor, belonging to the Chamar sub-caste, would be the one who has suffered the most at the hands of the `Manuvadis' [the upper castes, especially the Brahmins]."

The BSP president ruled out the possibility of dynastic rule in the party. Neither would she promote her parents or her relatives, as was the case with other parties, nor would her relatives be named as her successor.

Addressing the national delegates' convention at the State party headquarters, she re-dedicated herself to the cause of the BSP's "self-respect " movement. She said the movement was nurtured by Kanshi Ram and since she was his chosen political successor it was her duty to take the movement to its logical objective.

She said Jyotiba Phule, Narayana Guru, Periyar and particularly Dr. B.R. Ambedkar stood against inequality and fought for the self-respect of Dalits. Ms. Mayawati said she would devote her life for the self-respect movement.

The party would return to power with absolute majority in the election, which was why she decided to strengthen the party organisation in Uttar Pradesh, she said. She warned her partymen that indiscipline would not be tolerated.

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