Rajya Sabha Accepts Mayawati’s Resignation

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New Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati’s resignation from the Rajya Sabha has been accepted, on Thursday. The Uttar Pradesh leader had initially submitted her resignation in an incorrect format, but it was accepted after the required changes were made, reports said.

She had quit the Upper House on Tuesday after she was interrupted and asked to cut her speech on Dalit atrocities short. “When I’m not given time to speak in the House, it is best that I resign,” she told reporters after handing in her papers.

Mayawati had wanted to talk about the violence on Dalits in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur district, when Deputy Chairperson PJ Kurien had asked her to shorten her speech. She had then walked out of Parliament, where the Monsoon Session is on

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“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,” said the furious Bahujan Samaj Party leader, demanding to be allowed to speak on Dalits being targeted in Saharanpur.

Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Mayawati “must apologise”, that she had been disrespectful in the house and has dared to challenge the Chair.