Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati instructed her party members to not to touch her feet while greeting her. The BSP head gave directives during a party meeting, which was held in Lucknow last week. Mayawati instead asked the party workers to greet her with a simple ‘Jai Bhim,’ which has been a usual practice among leaders since the time of party founder Kanshi Ram.
According to News18, Rajya Sabha MP from BSP Munkad Ali told, “Behenji (Mayawati) enjoys great respect among party workers. They regard her as their undisputed leader. So it is only natural that they want to show their respect. Wherever she goes, they line up to show their respect and touch her feet. Behenji said that it was not appropriate and issued orders to all party workers to stop doing so.”
However, Opposition parties had often criticised the BSP chief after leaders regularly made a beeline to touch the former’s feet in functions and meeting for years.