The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has emerged as one of the main national political parties of India under the stewardship of its National President Kumari Mayawati Ji, Member of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council and fourth-time Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, which is the most populous state of the country having a population of about 170 million. Kumari or Miss Mayawati Ji, a serene figure, is affectionately known and called as Bahenji or Sister by one and all her workers, supporters, well-wishers as well as officials.
So far as the strength in the India’s parliament is concerned, it had a total number of 19 members in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian Parliament while it has a total of six MPs in the Rajya Sabha. But so far as the percentage of votes goes, it is just on the verge of jumping to No. 3 position after the ruling Congress and the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), relegating Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPI-M to No. 4 position as per the official votes percentage released by the Election Commission of India after February-March 2004 general Lok Sabha elections. The BSP has received over 1 crore 31 lakh (13.1million) votes in that election in Uttar Pradesh itself, out of a total of 2.07 crores (207,65,229—–5.33 per cent) it had received in the 25 States/Union Territories its had contested. The total votes were a little less than the CPI-M, which is facing stagnation so far as the number of votes is concerned at the national level.
Apart from this electoral success, the most significant point is that the BSP is fast emerging as a political party with a difference. The Party president Kumari Mayawati Ji, identified as Iron lady and a no-nonsense leader has emerged as a lady of new hope and aspirations to varied and a wide section of the society, particularly in the state of Uttar Pradesh, bordering national capital of New Delhi, which most often guides the political destiny of the country.
Committed and fully devoted to the missionary cause and cherished goal of “Social Transformation
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