New Delhi: BSP Chief Mayawati resigns from Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. She alleged that she was not allowed to speak on the atrocities of the Dalits in the Monsoon session of the house.
The Chair had asked Mayawati to restrict her impromptu speech in Rajya Sabha (RS) on Dalit violence in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, provoking her to take the step.
Mayawati, whose term in the Upper House is till April next year, argued with Kurien saying how can she be prevented from raising the issue about her ‘samaj’ (community) and the Dalits. “I have not finished. You cannot do this.” “I have no moral right to be in the House if I am not allowed to put across my views on atrocities being committed against Dalits,” she said.
Kurien said she can only call for a discussion after giving a notice under rule 267 that seeks adjournment of proceedings to take up an issue and not make a speech to initiate a discussion. A discussion can begin only after the Chair, on the advise of the government, accepts the notice and agrees for a discussion.
Kurien rose from his seat in an attempt to calm her down but Mayawati refused to agree saying she has no right to be in the House if she cannot protect the rights of her community.
“I am going to resign from the house,” she said and walked out of the House in a huff.She sprung papers before walking out of the Assembly.
Kurien said the government was agreeing to having a discussion, so the opposition members should return to their seats and start it.
“Shouting slogan is no solution. We can discuss. The Chair is ready to allow discussion on all subjects. Let us start,” he said. But the opposition members remained unrelenting, forcing him to adjourn the proceedings till 1200 hours.
She filed her resignation with Vice President Ex-Officio chairman of the Rajya Sabha Hamid Ansari.
Meanwhile, Shrikant Sharma said that Mayawati had never assisted in UP’s development. I urge her not to disrupt peace in the state.
Mayawati earlier on Tuesday had walked out of the Rajya Sabha declaring she would quit if she was not allowed to speak. She was trying to rise what she alleged was atrocities on dalits in Uttar Pradesh.