Wednesday, March 14, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Mayawati's wealth doubles in five years

14 March 2012 Last updated at 07:03 GMT

India politics: Mayawati's wealth doubles in five years

Ms Mayawati Ms Mayawati is now preparing for a run at the Rajya Sabha,
the upper house of parliament

India's controversial low-caste Dalit leader Mayawati has more than
doubled her wealth in the last five years.

In an affidavit she filed for a run at parliament's upper house, her
assets were valued at $22.35m (£14.2), making her one of India's
richest politicians.

Until last week, Ms Mayawati was chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, one
of India's least-developed states.

She quit after her party's poor performance in the recent state
assembly elections.

In 2007, when she was elected chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, her
wealth was put at $10.42m.

She is now preparing to run for the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of
Indian parliament.

The information about her financial assets was revealed on Tuesday
when she filed her nomination papers in Lucknow, capital of Uttar

Rajya Sabha MPs are elected by state legislative assembly members and
their term is for six years.

Voting is due to be held on 30 March.

Ms Mayawati's latest acquisition is a sprawling bungalow in Lucknow
which is valued at $3.14m.

She also owns jewellery and diamonds worth $193,583 and a revolver worth $108.

Ms Mayawati is a controversial politician who is famous for building
statues of herself and other figures from the Dalit community.

A large numbers of statues commissioned by Ms Mayawati can be seen in
Lucknow and elsewhere in Uttar Pradesh.

In September, leaked US diplomatic cables said Ms Mayawati had sent an
empty private jet to fetch a pair of sandals from Mumbai - a charge
she strongly denied.

She is an icon to millions of Dalits (formerly known as Untouchables),
most of whom are poor.

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