25 November, 2020

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Mayawati says she is a victim of a 'Manuvadi press'

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That relations between the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the media have always been less than cordial is evident from the title given by party leaders to the press: Manuvadi media. But last week they hit rock bottom when a mob led by BSP leaders Kanshi Ram and Mayawati ran amok in front of the office of Dainik Jagaran, a leading Hindi daily in the state. The provocation: a story about Mayawati's supposed 12-year-old daughter. It was based on an interview with Dina Nath Bhaskar, once a close confidant of Kanshi Ram and a former minister, who was compelled to resign and finally sacked from the party after differences with the BSP high command.

Mayawati, who often flaunts her unmarried status as a sacrifice for the Dalit cause, was furious at the allegation. Along with Kanshi Ram, she held a mammoth public meeting at Lucknow's Begum Hazratmahal Park and imperiously gave the offending newspaper "two minutes" to produce her supposed daughter or face the wrath of BSP workers. The result was the attempted attack on the Jagaran office, with the police resorting to...



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