Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati was born on 15 January 1956. She is 62 years old.
She studied for her B.A. in 1975 at the Kalindi College, University of Delhi and later obtained her LLB University of Delhi. Mayawati completed a B.Ed. from Meerut University’s VMLG College, Ghaziabad, in 1976.
She was working as a teacher in Inderpuri JJ Colony, Delhi, and studying for the Indian Administrative Services exams, when Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes politician Kanshi Ram visited her family home in 1977.
In 1983, she was awarded her LL.B from University of Delhi.Kanshi Ram included her as a member of his team when he founded the Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP) in 1984.
Mayawati was born on 16 January 1956 at Shrimati Sucheta Kriplani Hospital, New Delhi to a Jatav Indian family. Her father, Prabhu Das, was a post office employee at Badalpur, Gautam Buddha Nagar.
She started her political career after Kanshi Ram, the founder of Bahujan Samaj Party, persuaded her to join the civil service and politics.
Mayawati’s political career has attracted praise and controversy. Party worker praised her for her fundraising efforts on behalf of her party. Her birthdays were major media events as well as a symbol for her supporters.
The increase in her personal wealth and that of her party have been viewed by critics as signs of corruption. Her autobiographies are Mere Sangarshmai Jeevan Evam Bahujan Movement Ka Safarnama in three volumes in Hindi.
In its first election campaign in 1984, BSP fielded Mayawati for the Lok Sabha (Lower House) seat of Kairana in the Muzaffarnagar district, for Bijnor in 1985, and for Haridwar in 1987.
In 1989, people elected her as the representative for Bijnor, with 183,189 votes, winning by 8,879 votes.
She was first elected to the Rajya Sabha (Upper House) of Uttar Pradesh (UP) in 1994.
In 1995 she became, as head of her party, Chief Minister in a short-lived coalition government. She became the youngest Chief Minister in the history of the state up until that point, and the first female Dalit Chief Minister in India.
Later she won election to the Lok Sabha in two different constituencies in 1996 and chose to serve for Harora. She became Chief Minister again for a short period in 1997 and then from 2002 to 2003 in coalition with the Bharatiya Janata Party.
In 2001 Ram named her as his successor to the party leadership.
On 15 December 2001, in an address during a rally in Lucknow, Kanshi Ram named Mayawati as his successor. Party worker elected her as national president of the BSP for her first term on 18 September 2003.
She was sworn in as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for the fourth time on 13 May 2007.
Several high-profile criminals and mafia dons were jailed during her terms in office. She called for strong anti-rape laws. Fewer riots, lowest rapes, and least corruption occurred during her tenure as compared to previous or successive governments.
Uttar Pradesh achieved higher GDP growth rate at 17 per cent and lesser crimes under Mayawati regime as compared to previous and successive governments.
Bahujan Samaj Party leader she appointed brother Anand Kumar as the party’s vice-president, on the condition that he would never become an MP, an MLA or the chief minister.
A clerk with the Noida Authority, Kumar’s fortunes turned during the third stint of Mayawati as chief minister in 2002-03. His fortunes grew exponentially between 2007 and 2014 — when his sister was chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.
His net worth rose from nearly Rs 7.5 crore to Rs 1,316 crore.
She chose to remain unmarried, so she has no husband.
Mayawati had purchased 9 Mall Avenue, a prime address located alongside bungalows of ministers, on November 3, 2010, three years after coming to power in the state for the fourth time in 2007.
She purchased the sprawling 71,000 square feet property at 9 Mall Avenue in Lucknow out of funds donated to her by supporters.