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Mayawati resigns as Rajya Sabha MP in protest over Dalit atrocities
August 23 2017, 11:13 | Alexander Lowe
Parliament House in New Delhi
Irked by the chair's refusal to allow her speak beyond the stipulated time in the House, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Tuesday threatened to resign from the Rajya Sabha. BSP ended up with 19 MLAs depriving Mayawati required numbers to get herself nominated to RajyaSabha on her own strength. I have been dedicated my entire life to the well-being of poor, Dalits, adivasis, backwards, Muslims and other minority communities. "I was asked to speak for three minutes in the House", Mayawati told reporters after she left Parliament. She is now looking for political t r a c t ion and wants to play the martyr.
"The Dalits were suppressed in Saharanpur but the government did not do anything about it", she said.
Earlier, there was a din in the House as Mayawati spoke about "atrocities on Dalits" in Saharanpur of Uttar Pradesh.
BSP head Mayawati has given her resignation from the Rajya Sabha.
Senior JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav, SP leader Ram Gopal Verma spoke in her favour and urged the Deputy Chairperson to allow Mayawati to complete her statement.
But what will be the scenario if Mayawati, whose term will end in April next year, really quits from the Rajya Sabha and can she afford to take such a step?
She also apprised the Rajya Sabha Chairman that she had resigned as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister in 2003 after serving for 15 months, as she could not accept interference of the BJP ideology in the then coalition government. In fact, it comes across as a calculated strategy towards reviving the fortune of her party. It's a shame. If I can't speak about our weaker sections in the House then I have no right to stay in the House. BJP spokesperson and Dalit leader Bizay Sonkar Shastri dismissed her resignation as mere "nautanki". That's why she resigned in frsutration. For that she needs to work hard among the people in Uttar Pradesh and that would require a change of functioning style. She was soon seen walking out in a rage.