BSP Chief Mayawati quits Rajya Sabha

In the evening, Mayawati sent a detailed resignation letter, which ran into two pages.

Sources added that the Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) supremo tendered her resignation accusing the BJP of crushing her voice and not allowing raising the Dalit atrocity in Uttar Pradesh. "Mayawati is indulging in will not help her in getting dalit support of dalits.she has always used the dalits for her political gains, " said BJP leader Vijay Bahadur Pathak here.

Earlier, there was a din in the House as Mayawati spoke about "atrocities on Dalits" in Saharanpur of Uttar Pradesh.

Her rivals, however, do not think so and for them, the resignation was only a "nautanki" (drama). The Modi-Shah strategy left Mayawati with no option but to return to full-time, combative politics, and the best stage to announce the same was, perhaps Rajya Sabha, where the BSP leader got an opportunity to make a loud announcement for her resignation, Live on most television channels. She said she had after all given notice and had even made it clear that she would not be able to finish her speech in three minutes-which is the time limit for making zero hour mention. 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, media reports said.

Talking to reporters, he stated that Mayawati had lost the mandate among the masses and her six-year tenure in the Upper House would have anyway ended in the next session of Parliament, while suggesting that her action was driven more by "frustration", as per PTI.

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After she walked out of the House, along with her party colleagues, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi demanded an apology from Mayawati for allegedly challenging the authority of the Chair.

A united opposition today forced the adjournment of the Lok Sabha proceedings for almost an hour by storming the Well and raising slogans slamming the government for allegedly ignoring the well-being of farmers.

Observers feel that while her decision to resign was not taken in haste, there was a "political overtone" to it as the Dalit diva tried to win back her core constituency.

Associating himself with Mayawati, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the BJP did not get the mandate for massacre of minorities and walked out with the Congress MPs.

He said that BSP leaders were not allowed to meet the affected families.

  • Tabitha Byrd