Mayawati is one of India’s most influential politicians One of India’s best-known politicians, Mayawati, has shocked the country by announcing she will not run in the upcoming general election. She said she would instead "concentrate on an alliance" formed to counter the influence of the ruling BJP. Ms Mayawati is an icon for India’s low-caste Dalits and a four-time chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, which sends the most number of MPs to parliament. The elections will be held in phases from 11 April, with results on 23 May. Regional parties like Ms Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are expected […]

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