New Delhi: Angry after her impromptu speech was cut short in Rajya Sabha, Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati on Tuesday resigned from Parliament Upper House, blaming the BJP and the Chair for not allowing her to raise the issue of anti-Dalit violence in Uttar Pradesh in the House.
"I met the chairman to hand over my resignation letter. It is not fair that I am not allowed to speak in the House on issues close to me," she told reporters.
Earlier in the day Mayawati walked out of the upper house and threatened to quit Parliament after the Chair asked her to restrict her speech on anti-Dalit violence in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh.
Mayawati was raising the issues of anti-Dalit violence in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh on the second day of Monsoon Session when P.J. Kurien asked her to wrap up her speech as she had exceeded the three minutes given to her.
Mayawati was left fuming due to Kurien’s interruption.
“I will resign from Rajya Sabha today,” a visibly upset Mayawati retorted and walked out of the House in a huff.
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 added.
Sources in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat said the decision on accepting Mayawati's resignation lies with the chairman.
The format states that the resignation letter should be brief and should not mention the reasons. Her letter is three-page long.