'Was not allowed to speak on Dalit issues': Mayawati on her resignation

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"I will come back and give my resignation", she said and walked out of the House.

Retorting to Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati resignation as Rajya Sabha MP, the Communist Party of India (CPI) on Tuesday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is drenched in pride because of being in majority.

Mayawati had on Tuesday sent a three-page resignation letter to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari, stating that she was resigning as she was not being allowed to speak in the house on important matters.

Kurien said that it was not just his urging but the "sentiment of the entire house".

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The BSP chief's critics allege that the veteran Parliamentarian would be well aware that her resignation would not be accepted, accusing her of political drama to demonstrate to Dalits, her core vote base, that she remains their foremost champion after successive defeats in elections.

Mayawati's party could win only 18 seats and the only way she can hope to return to the Rajya Sabha, is with the support of the Congress and arch rival Samajwadi Party. Her excuse for the resignation is not convincing, it only exposes her theatrical nature, ' he added.

According to him, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister has called a meeting of her party leaders in UP on July 23. She also raised the suicide by Rohith Vemula and the flogging of Dalit men in Gujarat's Una by self-styled cow vigilantes. But she resigned only on her annoyance at the negative response by the Rajya Sabha chairman.

As expected, Mayawati had the ready support of leader of opposition Gulam Nabi Azad who also alleged that the dalits, minorities and the poor sections of the sociiety were at the receiving end under the present dispensation. She said BSP leaders were not even allowed to visit the affected families.

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Since her party lacks voice in the state assembly having only 19 MLAs, Mayawati has little option but to launch direct agitation to remain in political focus at ground level.

Naqvi said Mayawati has shown disrespect for the House and challenged the Chair.

Earlier, when Kurien directed her to sit down as she had exceeded the three-minute time limit, Mayawati left the House in a huff, saying: "As per rules, there is no three-minute limit for an adjournment motion".

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