The BSP chief earlier raised this issue in the Parliament and demanded the country's highest civilian award for Kanshi Ram.
"Today being Kanshi Ram ji's birthday, on this occasion I urge the government that to pay tribute to him for his contribution and life-long work for upliftment of the poor and socially backward people, the government should honour him with Bharat Ratna," Mayawati said in the Rajya Sabha.
"Respected Kanshi Ram ji worked throughout his life to help the weaker sections of people," she said.
Kanshi Ram, who also known as Bahujan Nayak Saheb Kanshi Ram, was the founder of BSP.
Kanshi Ram, who was born on March 15, 1934, worked for the upliftment and political mobilisation of the Dalits and untouchable groups at the bottom of the caste system in India.
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