New Delhi, July 18, 2017: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Tuesday resigned from the Rajya Sabha after she was not allowed to raise the issue of atrocities on Dalits.
After submitting her resignation to the chairman of Rajya Sabha, Hamid Ansari this evening, Mayawati said “I had wanted to raise several issues in the morning related to Dalits and about the atrocities committed on them in Saharanpur’s Shabirpur village. But you saw the way the treasury benches, including ministers, behaved and prevented me from speaking. When I cannot convey what I want to, then I thought it is not okay.
“I decided I will resign. I have just met the Rajya Sabha Chairman (Hamid Ansari) and I have handed over my resignation from the House”, she added.
BSP supremo has given a three-page resignation letter to Ansari. However, Now it’s upto him whether to accept Mayawati resignation or not.
Mayawati said when she was on her way to submit the resignation, the UPA leaders requested her not to resign citing that her strong voice was needed in the House.
By thanking opposition parties, BSP chief said I have decided to stick to my decision. However, her six-year term is going end next year April.
Congress’s senior leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad criticising the treasury benches and ministers, said “I tried to persuade her from not resigning but I think she had already made up her mind.”
Earlier in a day, Mayawati had already threatened that if was not allowed to speak in the parliamentary session she will quit.
She told media “I have come to this House to be the voice of the Dalits and backwards — to raise their issues. But when I am not allowed to speak then why should I stay here.”