'Not allowed to speak over Dalits' Mayawati quits Rajya Sabha

Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati

In a three-page letter sent to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari, Mayawati said she was not allowed to speak in the Upper House on Tuesday on the issue of attacks against Dalits in Saharanpur.

Analysts say the resignation could well spell the end of her parliamentary career. A party leader told BusinessLine that Mayawati intends to rebuild her base by travelling across the State and raising the BSP's core issues. She has been in national politics since a bit of time now. On Monday, while voting for the presidential election, she had said that whoever wins - Kovind or Meira Kumar - a Dalit would occupy the President's post. "He wrote, "(I've) offered and requested her (Mayawati) to be Rajya Sabha MP from Bihar to fight against atrocities and divisive agenda of BJP".

Meanwhile, the business advisory committee of the House met later in the afternoon and agreed to hold a short duration discussion on the issue of alleged atrocities against Dalits in various parts of the country.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has extended support to Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati after she resigned from Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

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Sources in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat said the decision on accepting Mayawati's resignation lies with the chairman.

Mayawati is fighting for political survival as her party had drawn a blank in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and has only five members left in the Rajya Sabha after her exit. "Since the Samajwadi Party is not ready to fight beyond a point because of family tussle, Mayawati can make her resignation into a major political issue and mobilise support".

Her outrage is also a result of the fact that BSP has shrunk in presence in states like Delhi, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh. "People will not be misled". That's why she resigned in frsutration. However, when deputy Chairperson PJ Kurien refused to give her more time, a visibly angry Mayawati said she will then have no option but to resign. She has lost people's mandate. She may have this great urge to go in a blaze of glory.

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