Mayawati resigns as Rajya Sabha MP

Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati

Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati

"I have no moral right to be in the House if I'm not allowed to speak on atrocities against Dalits", the BSP leader said.

Nine months still remaining in her tenure, Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Tuesday resigned her Rajya Sabha membership, alleging she was not being allowed to raise Dalit issues in the House.

Mayawati is a lot of things, but she is not someone to ignore. Mayawati has also threatened to resign from the Rajya Sabha for the same reason.

He also said that it was the drubbing that her party suffered during the recent UP assembly polls that she was unable to digest and hence trying to play the victim card.

"She rushed out of the house, we requested her to not resign and told her that she should stay there and should rethink on her decision".

On Tuesday, Mayawati stomped out of the Rajya Sabha after she was told to limit her speech on attacks on Dalits all over the country, with particular reference to an incident in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur, to three minutes.

In her resignation from the Parliament, Mayawati likened her exit to resignation of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, as Law Minister from Nehru cabinet in 1951 over differences on Hindu Code Bill.

He said, "I have decided that I will resign". "I met the Chairman to hand over my resignation letter". Azad backed her up saying that the Opposition had given prior notice to the Parliament to discuss atrocities against Dalits and minorities along with the burgeoning woes of farmer communities.

He said that BSP leaders were not allowed to meet the affected families.

The Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, while allowing Kharge to speak, assured the debate on the farmers' issue would be done under Rule 193 (which does not entail voting), while Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said that the government was ready for debate.

However, resigning from the Parliament is a big step and is likely to help her regain some strength on the ground and among her supporters.

Azad and other Congress members later walked out of the House. We did not know that BJP got a mandate for lobbying mobs against minorities and Dalits, we are not with such a government.

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