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Mayawati resigns from Rajya Sabha, submits resignation to Vice President
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Last Updated : 18 Jul 2017 07:01:24 PM IST
Mayawati resigns from Rajya Sabha, submits resignation to Vice President
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BSP chief Mayawati resigned from the Rajya Sabha seat after legislators created a ruckus in the Rajya Sabha, when the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister was speaking about 'rampant' atrocities against Dalits. Mayawati is BSP's lone member in the Upper House and her term ends next year April.


After threatening to resign from Rajya Sabha on Tuesday morning, Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) MP and party chief Mayawati submitted her resignation to the Vice President on Tuesday evening.

The Chair had asked Mayawati to restrict her imprompt speech in Rajya Sabha (RS) on Dalit violence in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, provoking her to take the step.
Speaking on developments inside Rajya Sabha, Mayawati said that she is well aware that there is a limit of 3 minutes in Zero Hour, but she was not speaking under the Zero Hour. She said that when she tried to keep her point, the Treasury Benches stood up and disrupted her speech.

"If I am not allowed to speak right now, I will resign right away. I will come and give my resignation right now, if I am not allowed to speak right now," the BSP chief said after being asked to wrap up her imprompt speech on Saharanpur anti-Dalit violence.

"When I tried speaking about the weaker sections today in the Rajya Sabha, I was not allowed to speak. Why?" asked Mayawati at a press conference after the Upper House was adjourned.

"Laanat hai. Agar mai apne weaker sections ki baat sadan mein nahi rakh sakti to mujhe House mein rehne ka adhikaar nahi hai (It's shameful. If I am not allowed to speak out for the weaker sections in Parliament, then I have no right being inside either of the Houses). This is the reason I have decided to quit Rajya Sabha, I am not being heard, not allowed to speak," Mayawati said.


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