Mayawati: Top India Dalit leader quits parliament

Let me speak or I will quit, says Mayawati walking out of Rajya Sabha

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati threatened to quit Rajya Sabha on Tuesday to protest not being allowed to speak, as she took on Uttar Pradesh state government under Chief Minister Adityanath over atrocities against Dalits. BSP ended up with 19 MLAs depriving Mayawati required numbers to get herself nominated to RajyaSabha on her own strength. "I have dedicated my life for the uplift of the poor, Dalits, tribes, backwards, Muslims, and other minorities groups". I have fought elections and been a member of both houses and I have reached here because I raised the issues of my community.

He also said that it was the drubbing that her party suffered during the recent UP assembly polls that she was unable to digest and hence trying to play the victim card. She would have faced a harrowing time in telling her social constituency that she had become so weak as a leader that she can't even enter Rajya Sabha. However, she walked out of the House after Deputy Chairperson PJ Kurien asked her to cut short her speech. He said, "Mayawati ji has not contributed for the development of Uttar Pradesh".

Ms. Mayawati, who has nine months to go before her current term in the Rajya Sabha ends, quit after she was told not to stretch the time allotted for her impromptu speech on atrocities against the Dalits in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur.

She sent her resignation letter to Vice President Hamid Ansari, who is the chairman of the Upper House. "People will not be misled". "I will come and give my resignation at this moment", Mayawati told reporters after she stormed out of the House. "She has resigned when all doors and windows of opportunity have been shut for her. It is best if she just concentrates on UP to recover lost ground and that alone would be enough to catapult her into a position of national prominence". This is the message that Mayawati would like to see going out to her Dalit voters. It is not good that I can not speak in the House on issues close to me.

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