BSP chief Mayawati resigns from Rajya Sabha

BSP chief Mayawati was not allowed to make a full speech in Rajya Sabha to highlight atrocities against Dalits in Uttar Pradesh

She has sent in her resignation to the Vice-President.

Sources added that the Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) supremo tendered her resignation accusing the BJP of crushing her voice and not allowing raising the Dalit atrocity in Uttar Pradesh. He said the government was ready for a debate and would answer all the questions raised by members.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi rejected the allegation that she was not allowed to speak. But when I came in the house, she was already up to speak. "I even bypassed the Leader of Opposition to allow her to speak first", Kurien said. Her membership in Rajya Sabha is ending in 2018.

Launching a scathing attack against the BJP government in UP and Modi-led central government, she said that both were "mute spectators" to the violence against Dalits in Saharanpur in May when their houses were torched and 15 Dalits injured.

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. BSP's attempt to make Mayawati's resignation from Rajya Sabha a political issue against BJP comes at a time when she has nearly completed changing her party's organisational structure at ground level to meet new challenges. "It is not good", she said after resigning. "It's a shame. If I am not allowed to speak on Dalits being targeted, then I will resign from the Rajya Sabha". The Chair then adjourned the proceedings in quick succession, and finally for the day, at five minutes past 3 pm. When the deputy speaker denied her extra time to speak, she walked out saying,"I will resign from Rajya Sabha today. When I can't put forward my views, I don't have any right to stay in this House, so I have taken this decision to give my resignation", she told Indian media personnel outside Parliament. "She must apologize", he said. We did not know the BJP has got the mandate for massacre of minorities and Dalits. Mr Naqvi also said Mayawati "must apologise" for being disrespectful and challenging the Chair.

The political observers are dubbing her move as an attempt to rally core Dalit support base behind her and re-establish herself as the sole leader of the community after a debilitating defeat in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections earlier this year.