Criminal Charge: 0
Four-time Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati, 58, is currently the national president of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). A former school teacher and Law Graduate, she entered politics after coming in touch with Dalit leader Kanshi Ram. After having worked together in Kanshi Ram’s non-political organisation Backward And Minority Communities Employees Federation (BAMCEF), she entered politics after he founded the BSP in 1984.
She first became the Chief Minister of UP in 1995 with the support of the BJP. Next, she became the CM in 1997 and 2002 with BJP’s support. She became the national president of the BSP on 18 September, 2003, after the health of Kanshi Ram deteriorated.
But the Lok Sabha elections of 2014 proved to be a disaster for Mayawati and her party, as the BSP could not manage to win even a single seat from across Uttar Pradesh. Mayawati, who was expected to play a role in the new government formation, is now struggling to retain the identity and position of her party.