Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo, Mayawati resigned from the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, hours after she had threatened to quit the Upper House for “not being allowed to speak” about atrocities against Dalits and minorities.
“I was speaking about the atrocities against Dalits, since I belong to that community. But treasury benches did not allow me to speak about that. How can I continue in such an environment?,” Mayawati said, after handing over her resignation letter to the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.
“It is not good that I cannot speak in the House on issues close to me… When I got up to speak, the government did not allow me to complete. Since I was not allowed by the ruling party to raise these issues so, I have decided to give resignation from Rajya Sabha,” she added.
Earlier in the day, Mayawati had been speaking about the recent anti-Dalit violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur district in the Rajya Sabha, when Deputy Chairman, P J Kurien, asked her to curtail her speech, which was exceeding the three-minute duration.
Angry over the move, she then threatened to resign from the House.
“I will resign from Rajya Sabha today… I have no moral right to be in the House if I am not allowed to put across my views on atrocities being committed against Dalits,” Mayawati said, before storming out of the premises.
After the former UP chief minister angrily left the house, Opposition members began raising slogans and forced an adjournment of the House.
Mayawati’s term in the Upper House ends in April next year. The chairman will decide if her resignation is to be accepted or not. The format states that the resignation letter should be brief and should not mention the reasons.