Samaj Party (BSP) is a national political party in
was formed mainly to represent Bahujans (literally meaning "People in
majority"), referring to people from the Scheduled Castes Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Castes (OBC)
as well as minorities. The party claims to be inspired by the philosophy of B. R. Ambedkar. The BSP was founded by a Dalit charismatic
leader Manyawar Kanshi Ram in 1984, who was succeeded by Mayawati in
2003. The party's political symbol is an Elephant. In
the 15th Lok Sabha the
party has 21 members, making it the 4th-largest party.