tirsdag 1. mars 2022

Uttar Pradesh: BSP chief Mayawati fighting for her legacy in elections

The mood outside the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) office appeared downbeat compared to the bustling offices of other political parties in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh (UP) state where polls are taking place to elect a new government.

BSP chief Mayawati is a four-time chief minister and an icon for Dalits - formerly untouchables who are at the bottom of a discriminatory Hindu caste system and, despite legal protections, continue to face harassment and violence. Mayawati is the most experienced among the contenders for the top job. But her campaign has been subdued and analysts are not giving her party even an outside chance to form a government. This has put a question mark on her future and also on her legacy.