'Was not allowed to speak on Dalit issues': Mayawati on her resignation

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Mayawati, chief of the Bahujan Samaj Party, who angrily walked out of the Rajya Sabha this morning, has quit alleging that she was not allowed to speak on what she called frequent attacks on Dalits in Uttar Pradesh. I have fought elections and been a member of both houses and I have reached here because I raised the issues of my community.

Later taking to media persons, Mayawati referred to the issues raised by her in the House and said, "Since I was not allowed to speak, I have chose to resign as a Rajya Sabha member today (Tuesday)". She has been in national politics since a bit of time now. Once she mobilises good enough support, I am sure the BJP would threaten her with the Central Bureau of Investigation.

She had in the morning accused deputy Rajya Sabha chairman P J Kurien of not allowing her to speak.

In her speech, Mayawati lashed out at the NDA government for not doing enough to stop the atrocities on Dalits.

Mayawati, former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and Rajya Sabha member, has resigned from her membership. She can not get another term on BSP's strength as the party has only 18 MLAs whereas around 38 MLA votes are needed for a Rajya Sabha seat from UP.


"This behaviour of BJP ministers against Mayawatiji proves that BJP is an anti-Dalit party", he added.

Later in the evening, the BSP chief sent a detailed resignation letter, which ran into two pages.

Mayawati's Rajya Sabha term was to end on April 2, 2018, and she had only eight months left. Mayawati later walked out of Rajya Sabha in protest. In fact, it comes across as a calculated strategy towards reviving the fortune of her party.

"If she has merely resigned and doesn't try to reinvent herself and the party, the resignation would mean nothing". "Going by the precedence, resignation has to be a one liner and there should not be any reasoning as given by Mayawati". She has lost people's mandate. "It is not fair that I am not allowed to speak in the House on issues close to me.", she told reporters.

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