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India's 'Dalit Queen' rises to challenge Modi

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>> She comes from the lowest rung of society in India, but this politician may be prime minister Nardendra Modi's biggest headache right now. Mayawati is the former leader of the state of Uttar Pradesh and comes from the Dolit community, the very lowest Indian castes, once called the untouchables.
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Now she's staging a comeback thanks to tens of millions of followers rising up to challenge Modi in a state election he needs next year. Reuters' Rupam Jain reports from a Mayawati rally.>> She grew up in a slum, she comes from the impoverished family. But at the same time, Mayawati is here to stamp her authority back again.
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She lost a lot of ground to Prime Minister Modi and now she's back with vendetta to prove that she's the ultimate savior of the Dalits and the downtrodden in this country.>> Moti needs his party to win this big swing state to boost its representation in parliaments upper house and stay on track to win the 2019 general election.
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But now Mayawati's campaign is a thorn in his side. And the surge of attacks against the Dalits have given her cause new fire. She's calling on another marginalized group, Muslims, to join the fight to reject Modi's BJP. She says the downtrodden are not only shut out of drops in education, but are also quote, totally unsafe under Modi.
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In order to divert people's attention from the real issues, the BJP is inciting communal violence in the name of nationalism, especially in Uttar Pradesh. Mayawati has her share of critics calling her the Dalit queen and accusing her of splashing out on luxury homes and jewelry, while ignoring the poor.
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But she's got the opposition working hard to change up its strategy, trying to sell itself as a party for all people.