BSP Chief Mayawati quits Rajya Sabha

A view of the Lok Sabha as opposition members raise protest in the well of the House in New Delhi on Wednesday

A view of the Lok Sabha as opposition members raise protest in the well of the House in New Delhi on Wednesday

Congress takes up her cause and says the government is gagging the Opposition. I have been dedicated my entire life to the well-being of poor, Dalits, adivasis, backwards, Muslims and other minority communities. Mayawati, 61, lost power in Uttar Pradesh in 2012 and her party was routed in this year's Assembly elections, winning 19 seats in the 402-member House.

Outside Parliament, Mayawati said she had been asked to limit her speech to three minutes. Yadav was quoted by The Times of India as saying, "So the question is why did she do so?" "I have not finished". The Speaker had asked her to cut short her impromptu speech in the House.

Mayawati, former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and Rajya Sabha member, has resigned from her membership.

Mayawati's current Rajya Sabha term would have ended on 2 April, 2018.

In her resignation from the Parliament, Mayawati likened her exit to resignation of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, as Law Minister from Nehru cabinet in 1951 over differences on Hindu Code Bill.

Trinamool Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Derek O'Brien said Gopalkrishna Gandhi has the support of 360 MPs - 125 in the Rajya Sabha and 235 in the Lok Sabha.

"I met Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari to hand over my resignation letter".

For BSP chief Mayawati, five minutes in Parliament, was not enough to make an introductory statement on the issue of Dalit atrocities in Saharanpur. She got the support of the Opposition parties. BJP spokesperson and Dalit leader Bizay Sonkar Shastri dismissed her resignation as mere "nautanki".

On Tuesday, Ms Mayawati was attempting to speak about the recent caste violence in Saharanpur town in which two people were killed, when the deputy chairperson the upper house told her not to "monopolise" the discussion. This is the message that Mayawati would like to see going out to her Dalit voters. Siddiqui, however, retorted that she was selling seats for money, a charge raised against her by many people who left her fold in the immediate past.

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