BSP Chief Mayawati Resigns from Rajya Sabha, Vice President accepts Resignation

Mayawati, Bahujan Samaj Party chief, has resigned from the Rajya Sabha after she had angrily walked out of the Upper House of Parliament on 18th July 2017 declaring she would quit if she was not allowed to speak on what she called frequent attacks on Dalits in Uttar Pradesh.

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The 61-year-old had handed over her resignation to Vice President Hamid Ansari, who is chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

“I simply wanted the Rajya Sabha Chair to pay attention to atrocities against the less fortunate sections of the society, especially Dalits. And as a representative, when I’m not being allowed to speak for them, I have no choice but to resign,” said Mayawati, who earlier said she has been asked in Parliament to limit her speech to three minutes.

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 There is also speculation that Mayawati could seek to contest a Lok Sabha by-election in UP to return to Parliament as she gets down to the task of rebuilding her party in the state in time for the 2019 general election. Her Rajya Sabha term in the Upper House ends in less than a year and re-election will be a tough task, after her party’s poor performance in UP.
The only way she can hope to return to the Rajya Sabha is with the support of the Congress and arch rival Samajwadi Party. Members of the Upper House of Parliament are elected by legislators of the state they represent.
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The Opposition rallied around Mayawati, with the Congress too walking out after Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the BJP has a mandate to rule UP and alleged that the BSP chief was attempting to score political points and not speak for Dalits. Mr Naqvi also said Mayawati “must apologise” for being disrespectful and challenging the Chair.

Opposition leaders tried to persuade Mayawati to change her mind on resigning but in vain.

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