Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati has resigned from the Rajya Sabha membership on Tuesday, accusing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of being prevented from raising the issue of atrocities against Dalits. After her exit from the Rajya Sabha, Mayawati told reporters, “I have come to raise the voice of Dalits and backward in this House and raise their issues. But why should I stay here when I am not being allowed to speak here? I have decided to resign from the Rajya Sabha (Tuesday) today.”
He said, “I have decided that I will resign. I met Rajya Sabha Speaker Hamid Ansari and handed him resignation.”
Mayawati has submitted three pages resignation letter to Ansari. Officials say that such a long resignation can not be accepted because members who resign from the House are expected to resign in a normal format, without any condition.
Mayawati said that the leaders of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) were urging them not to resign and said that the house needs them to keep things firmly in order.
He said, “I thank them, but I have decided to remain firm on my decision.” Mayawati’s tenure of term ends in April next year.
On the other hand, on Tuesday on the second day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, the angry opposition targets the government on several issues, including atrocities on Dalits and suicide of farmers.
In the Lok Sabha, the government introduced three bills – the acquisition of real estate (Amendment) Bill, 2017, ancient monuments and archaeological sites and remnants (amendments), 2017 and the Indian Petroleum and Energy Bill, 2017.
Mayawati demanded discussion on the issue of atrocities on Dalits. Deputy Speaker PJ Kurien told him that he has already demanded a full discussion and the House should be given to further its proceedings.
While attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government of Uttar Pradesh and the Modi-led central government, he said that during the month of May, when violence against Dalits was done in Saharanpur, their homes were burnt, both of them kept silent. 15 Dalits were injured in the attack.
He said that BSP leaders were not allowed to meet the affected families.
When Kurien asked Mayawati to stop speaking, he said, “If I was not allowed to speak, if I can not represent that fraternity, to which I belong, if I do not have my views on oppression against Dalits If you are allowed to stay, then there is no point in living in this house. I will resign, after which he left the house. ”
State Minister for State Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that Mayawati has insulted the house and challenged the asana. He said that Mayawati should apologize.
He said that the government is ready to discuss all issues.
In the House, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad raised an objection to Naqvi’s comments while supporting Mayawati.
Azad said, “When Mayawati tried to speak, she was told that ‘we have got the mandate’. We did not know that BJP got a mandate for lobbying mobs against minorities and Dalits, we are not with such a government. ”
After this Azad went out of the house. Other Congress leaders also left the house behind them.
Marxist Communist Party (CPI) leader Sitaram Yechury also said that the issues raised by Mayawati are “very serious”.
Do not see the ruckus, the Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien adjourned proceedings of the House till noon.
When the proceedings of the House resumed at three o’clock in the afternoon, the Congress members once again came near the adjacent and started slogans.
HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar accused the opposition of fleeing from the discussion. The proceedings of the House were postponed for not observing the agitation.
At the same time, there was a furor on the issues related to the plight of the farmers in the Lok Sabha, including events related to the workers, due to which the President Sumitra Mahajan had to adjourn the proceedings of the House for a whole day.
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge wanted to raise the issue of farmers’ plight, but Mahajan did not allow him to raise the issue during Question Hour.
After the introduction of the bills, Mahajan adjourned the House proceedings for the day.