Mayawati’s Resignation From RS Accepted

The BSP leader stuck to her decision of quitting the Rajya Sabha, stung by criticism of BJP leadership that she was “only trying to score brownie points.”

New Delhi: Chairman of Rajya Sabha Hamid Ansari has on Thursday accepted the resignation of Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati from the Upper House.

Her resignation from Rajya Sabha got the okay after she submitted another application in the required Parliamentary format. Her term is to expire in six months.

Her resignation saga started on Tuesday when Mayawati was speaking in the Upper House about atrocities being committed against Dalits, with particular reference to the recent attacks on this downtrodden community at Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha PJ Kurien allotted her three minutes for mentioning and winding up the issue, which she exceeded. On this, Kurien asked her to conclude her speech. “I have not finished. You cannot do this,” Mayawati asserted adding “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.”  More: Mayawati Threatens To Quit Rajya Sabha

She then went on to submit her resignation to the Rajya Sabha Speaker, mentioning the grounds for her resignation. When it later turned out that her resignation could be accepted only if it was in the required format that merely mentioned her decision to resign, she complied with another letter. Acceptance of this letter by Hamid Ansari followed on Thursday.

BJP leadership has accused Mayawati of “just staging a drama of resignation,” saying the current session is the penultimate one before her term expires. BSP had also fared badly in the recent polls to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly, it pointed out.

Though some leaders tried to dissuade her from resigning, the BSP leader, stung by BJP’s criticism, stuck to her guns and sent in her resignation as per the required Parliamentary format.

According to some reports, she is mulling to contest the expected by-election from Phoolpur Lok Sabha constituency. This seat will be falling vacant once its MP, Keshav Prasad Maurya, resigns. Maurya has been appointed the Deputy Chief Minister of UP and he will have to quit as MP once he gets elected to the legislative assembly.  More: Mayawati Resigns From Rajya Sabha

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has also offered to get Mayawati elected to the Rajya Sabha, based on his party’s strength in the Bihar Assembly.

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