NEW DELHI (AFP) - A powerful Indian politician who styles herself as saviour of the countrys downtrodden untouchables sent her private jet to pick up a pair of sandals, according to leaked US diplomatic cables. Mayawati, who uses only one name, is the chief minister of the massive state of Uttar Pradesh and head of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). US embassy cables from 2007 to 2009 released by the WikiLeaks website in recent days describe Mayawati, 55, as a first-rate egomaniac who is obsessed with becoming prime minister. When she needed new sandals, her private jet flew empty to Mumbai to retrieve her preferred brand, a cable dated October 23, 2008 reported, adding she employed food tasters to guard against poisoning.