Mayawati reiterates demand for Bharat Ratna for Kanshi Ram

The BSP chief accused the Union government of disrespecting Dalit personalities when presenting such state honours

February 09, 2024 08:04 pm | Updated 08:27 pm IST - Lucknow

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati addresses party workers. File

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati addresses party workers. File | Photo Credit: ANI

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati on Friday blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Union government for ignoring and disrespecting leading Dalit personalities when it came to conferring the top civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna. She reiterated her demand to honour Dalit icon and BSP founder Kanshi Ram with ther Bharat Ratna.

“All the personalities who have been honoured with Bharat Ratna by the present BJP regime are welcomed, but it is not at all appropriate to disrespect and ignore Dalit personalities, especially in this matter. The government should definitely pay attention to this also,” Ms. Mayawati wrote on X.

The former Chief Minister equated the contribution of Kanshi Ram with that of B.R. Ambedkar for the social and economic uplift of the Dalit and underprivileged communities in India. “Baba Saheb Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar was honoured with the Bharat Ratna after a long wait by the government of VP Singh. After that, the struggle by respected Shri Kanshi Ram ji, the icon of the underprivileged and Dalits, is no less. He should also be honoured with the Bharat Ratna,” added the BSP chief, who had been groomed by the BSP founder as the heir apparent.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced that former Prime Ministers Chaudhary Charan Singh and P.V. Narasimha Rao and agricultural scientist M.S. Swaminathan will be awarded the Bharat Ratna. This year, months before the Lok Sabha polls, the government named five people for Bharat Ratna, including the late socialist icon Karpoori Thakur and veteran BJP leader L.K. Advani.

Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav, on his part, congratulated party workers and farm leaders who made continuous demands for Chaudhary, who had also served as Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister, to be awarded the Bharat Ratna.

“Socialists had also made a demand for Chaudhary Charan Singh ji. Congratulations and best wishes to all those who have received the Bharat Ratna. Congratulations and thanks to all the farmer leaders and parties who had made the demand from time to time,” he said.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.