Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was founded by Kanshi Ram in 1984. It seeks to represent
Bahujan Samaj, which includes Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs), OBCs and religious minorities.
It gets inspiration from the ideas and teachings of Sahu Maharaj, Mahatma Phule, Periyar Ramaswami Naicker and BR Ambedkar.
It has its main base in Uttar Pradesh and substantial presence in neighbouring states like Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Delhi and Punjab.
After Kanshi Ram, Mayawati became the leader and formed government in Uttar Pradesh.