Mayawati resigns from Rajya Sabha for not being allowed to raise issue of Dalit atrocities

18 July, New Delhi

BSP Chief Mayawati has resigned from the Rajya Sabha Tuesday alleging that she was not allowed to speak in the House on issues of Dalit atrocities. She has sent her resignation to Chairman Mohd Hamid Ansari accusing the treasury benches of not allowing her to raise the issue.

Earlier, in and outside the Rajya Sabha, she had threatened that she will quit the membership saying if she cannot raise the voices of the weaker sections, what is the use of her being in the House.

Mayawati said, she had given adjournment motion to speak about the atrocities against Dalits including recent violent incidents in Saharanpur.

However, the ruling party members did not allow her to raise the issue. The BSP Chief alleged that atrocities against Dalits and weaker sections have increased in the BJP-ruled states.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi rejected her allegation that she was not allowed to speak.

Talking to media, he said, Ms Mayawati is making allegations out of frustration following her recent poll defeats. He said, she was given chance to speak but she chose to use inappropriate words against the Chair.

Mayawati is due to retire from Rajya Sabha in April next year.

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