Wikileaks: Mayawati, Mulford or Media manipulations… What really happened..?

Posted: September 18, 2011 in Children and Child Rights, Education, Geopolitics, Politics, Uncategorized, Youths and Nation

Viewing cable 08NEWDELHI2783, MAYAWATI: PORTRAIT OF A LADY

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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 NEW DELHI 002783 

SIPDIS 

DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/INS 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/25/2017
TAGS: PGOV PREL SOCI PINR KISL IN
SUBJECT: MAYAWATI: PORTRAIT OF A LADY 

REF: A. NEW DELHI 2012
     B. NEW DELHI 825 

Classified By: A/PolCouns Pushpinder Dhillon for Reasons 1.4 (B, D) 

1. (C) Summary: Poloff traveled to three cities in Uttar Pradesh (UP) during the week of 
October 13-17 to gauge the political state of play.  A wide range of business,political, 
academic and media contacts generally agreed that Chief Minister Mayawati and her Bahujan 
Samaj Party (BSP) have done little to promote development since her May 2007 election.  
According to several journalists, the law and order situation in UP has improved only 
in that Mayawati has centralized corruption in her own hands.  She has become a virtual paranoid
 dictator replete with food tasters and a security entourage to rival a head of state.  
Civil servants will not speak to the press for fear of losing their positions.  Journalists 
admitted they feared retribution should they print anything negative about Mayawati.  One
journalist claimed that all civil servants' and most journalists' phones are tapped.  Politically,
 contacts noted that while Mayawati's support from Brahmins and Muslims may be waning, she remains 
extremely popular with her Dalit vote base.  Mayawati is obsessed with becoming Prime Minister 
and the BSP will spend huge sums in next year's national polls. With all signs pointing to another
 coalition government in Delhi, Mayawati could be a powerbroker and perhaps even a
king (or queen) maker.  
End Summary. 

L'Etat, C'est Moi
----------------- 

2. (C) Poloff me a host of contacts in the UP capital,Lucknow, as well as Kanpur and Varanasi.  
Those contacts that must deal with the government (which in state-centric India means nearly everyone) 
remarked on Mayawati's vice-like grip on all levers of power.  All decisions must run through Mayawati
 or her very small coterie of advisors.  One Lucknow journalist related a story in which a State Minister 
was forced to do sit-ups in front of her as penance for not first asking permission to call on UP's governor.
  Mayawati forced a civil servant to resign when she learned his daughter had joined the Congress Party 
in Delhi.  Other than BSP stalwarts, none expressed an even begrudging approval of Mayawati's rule. 

Institutionalized Corruption
---------------------------- 

3. (C) Most contacts acknowledged that the law Qnd order situation in the state had improved somewhat
 from the previous Samajwadi Party (SP) government of Mulayam Singh Yadav.  However, this is not because 
Mayawati has put more police on the streets or reduced corruption.  Rival mafia gangs shooting each other 
in the streets while vying for dominance characterized the SP's rule.  Now Mayawati has institutionalized 
corruption with competitive fealty payments to her replacing shootouts.  Just to run as a BSP parliamentary 
candidate costs roughly 250,000 dollars.  This does not ensure victory of course, but with the BSP likely 
to field candidates in over 300 constituencies nationally, it does ensure Mayawati's campaign coffers 
will be full, in addition to all her other revenue sources including payoffs and kickbacks from almost 
every interaction that large businesses have with the state government, standard practices
in UP.  In comparison, several commercial contacts in Lucknow and Kanpur spoke glowingly of the business 
climate in Gujarat and its Chief Minister, Narendra Modi. 
Eccentric Paranoia
------------------ 

4. (C) Mayawati's full majority victory in May 2007 UP State Assembly elections left her beholden to no
 one and has allowed her to act on her eccentricities, whims and 
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insecurities.  When she needed new sandals, her private jet flew empty to Mumbai to retrieve her 
preferred brand. According to Lucknow journalists, she employs nine cooks (two to cook, the others to 
watch over them) and two food tasters.  She fears assassination and demanded from the central government
 the highest level of protection available. 
 In addition to this outsized security apparatus, she constructed a private road from her residence to
 her office, which is cleaned immediately after her multiple vehicle convoy reaches its destination.  
India has seen such political  personalities before, and never failed to deal with them eventually at 
the ballot box. 
Press Cowered
------------- 

5. (C) Mayawati rarely speaks with the media and when she does hold a press conference, questions 
are not allowed. More worrying, Lucknow journalists claimed the government has tapped their phones as well 
as those of civil servants.   Most civil servants now refuse to talk to the press.  Reporters fear losing 
their jobs should they print anything negative about Mayawati.  Caving to political pressure, the Hindustan 
Times removed its Lucknow correspondent after she published a satirical piece about the Chief Minister.  
The newspaper's owners also operate sugar mills and chemical factories in UP. 
Caste Politics Dominates
------------------------ 6. (C) Comment: A coalition of Dalits and Brahmins (and a small percentage of Muslims) elected 
Mayawati in 2007.Dalits will remain with Mayawati regardless of poor governance, simply because the fact 
that one of their own is Chief Minister provides them heretofore unimaginable pride. With the virtual 
collapse of the Congress Party and the weakening of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in UP over the last
 several years, the higher castes fled to the BSP to end the lawlessness of the SP's rule.  But after more 
than a year, only a narrow sliver of Brahmins who are close to Mayawati's Brahmin advisor (and virtual number
 two), Satish Mishra, have seen any return for their support.  They could go back to the Congress or the
 BJP.  Though the Congress Party secured the support of the SP for the June 22 confidence
 vote over the Indo-US civil nuclear initiative (Ref A), the two parties appear to be making little 
headway yet in reaching a seat-sharing agreement for UP.  If the parties form a strong alliance, they can 
credibly challenge
the BSP.  However, if terrorist bombings continue, many Hindus will likely polarize to the BJP and Muslims 
will flock back to their traditional SP home.  In this case the SP would see little to gain from a pre-poll 
alliance with Congress and would prefer to play the field. 
7. (C) Comment Continued: As for Mayawati's dream of becoming Prime Minister, the most plausible scenario 
would entail weak performances nationwide by both the Congress Party and the BJP and a strong showing by 
Mayawati and other  regional parties.  This would allow the BSP to dictate terms of a third front 
(non-Congress, non-BJP) coalition in Delhi. While inflation, development and terrorism will be the "issues"
 in the coming national polls, caste remains the DNA of UP politics, and no one has demonstrated more 
ability at playing caste politics than Mayawati.  
End Comment.
MULFORD

This is the cable which appears in a mirror site of wikileaks… I hope the readers will pay attention

to read till end.

Courtesy :Wikileaks

Source : http://www.wikileaks.ch/cable/2008/10/08NEWDELHI2783.html

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