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Dalit queen under fire by rivals for alleged birthday extortion

Mayawati, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and India's "Dalit queen," is once again under fire for her famously lavish birthday celebration, set to take place Jan. 15. The latest news, according to the Times of India, is that rival politician Amar Singh of the Samajwadi Party (SP) has released a CD containing telephonic conversations of what he claimed to be BSP leaders asking party workers to collect money.

Indian wonks will likely be thinking, “People who live in glass houses ... ,” as Amar Singh himself doesn't exactly enjoy a spotless reputation. He was the main target of a similar CD released by the Bharatiya Janata Party back in July during the alleged “cash for votes” scam, which saw Singh's SP flipflop to join the ruling coalition when the communists withdrew support for the government.

BSP, SP, BJP ... they all have CDs, but it's hard to believe any of them deserve much R-E-S-P-E-C-T.