Mayawati threatens to resign from Rajya Sabha

Photo: Representational image
Photo: Representational image

Day two of the Parliament monsoon session began on a stormy note as the Opposition tried to corner the government over the plight of farmers and minorities across the country. In the Rajya Sabha, Bahujan Samaj Party leader and former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati threatened to resign when she was not allowed to complete her statement on the alleged atrocities against Dalits.

The furious BSP leader said that if she is not allowed to speak on Dalit atrocities or Saharanpur clashes then she is not going to be the part of the Rajya Sabha. It’s a disgrace, she added.

“If I am not allowed to speak right now, I will resign right away,” said Mayawati outside the Parliament.

She also talked about her Saharanpur visit wherein she tried to reach out to Dalit families, but her efforts were foiled. “All this is happening because the BJP is in power. I am supposed to get Z-plus security, but there was no such arrangement,” she alleged.

Outside the parliament, she confirmed that she has made up her mind to resign. “When I tried speaking about the weaker sections today in the Rajya Sabha, I was not allowed to speak. Why? It’s a shame. If I can’t speak about our weaker sections in the House then I have no right to stay in the House. This is the reason I have decided to quit from Rajya Sabha, I am not being heard, not allowed to speak,” she alleged.

After this incident, the Opposition parties caused disruptions in the Upper House which led to the adjournment.

BJP leader and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar claimed that the BSF chief had been disrespectful in Rajya Sabha and demanded an apology from her.