Mayawati's Resignation a Political Drama, Says BJP

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BSP supremo Mayawati, today, resigned from the Rajya Sabha saying that she was not allowed to speak on the atrocities committed against the Dalits.

"She was fighting with the Chair and not with the government", he said. "I have dedicated my life for the uplift of the poor, Dalits, tribes, backwards, Muslims, and other minorities groups". Over a period of time she became isolated and politically unavailable, building a wall of secrecy around her.

She said since the BJP came to power, attacks against Dalits, minorities and workers had increased. When I got up to speak, the government did not allow me to complete.

India's "Dalit Queen" Mayawati on Tuesday (July 18) quit the Upper House of Parliament amid an ongoing tussle with the ruling party to woo her voter base of Dalits, formerly known as untouchables.

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Due to the uproar, the chair adjourned the Rajya Sabha. Mayawati, who was raising the issue of "atrocities against Dalits" in the Rajya Sabha, lost her cool as the deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha P.J. Kurien asked her to cut her speech short. The first setback for the BSP suprmeo was her party's disastrous performance in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls where she failed to win a single seat.

Mayawati is the chief of Bahujan Samaj Party, a party which voices the concerns of the Dalit community.

The opposition parties would meet every day before the start of the proceedings to decide which issues will raised on the specific day. But her influence has been on the wane in recent years amid the growing influence of the BJP led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. By resigning now, she can tell them that by doing so she upheld their pride and Parliament was not a fit place for her. This is the message that Mayawati would like to see going out to her Dalit voters.

Talking to reporters after submitting the resignation, she said it "was not good" that she could not speak in Parliament on issues close to her. For that she needs to work hard among the people in Uttar Pradesh and that would require a change of functioning style.

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