Mayawati accuses BJP of caste, religion-based politics

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Nine months still remaining in her tenure, Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati resigned from Rajya Sabha membership while alleging she was not being allowed to raise Dalit issues. The Congress too walked out after Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the BJP has a mandate to rule UP and alleged that the BSP chief was attempting to score political points and not speak for Dalits.

Later taking to media persons, Mayawati referred to the issues raised by her in the House and said, "Since I was not allowed to speak, I have chose to resign as a Rajya Sabha member today (Tuesday)".

The facts make it clear that she was using it as a convenient political ploy, even a desperate attempt to regain at least a fraction of her lost glory as a leader. She has submitted a 3-page letter to the chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

"I will resign from Rajya Sabha today", a visibly upset Mayawati retorted and walked out of the House in a huff. 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. She also raised the suicide by Rohith Vemula and the flogging of Dalit men in Gujarat's Una by self-styled cow vigilantes.

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Ms. Mayawati, who has nine months to go before her current term in the Rajya Sabha ends, quit after she was told not to stretch the time allotted for her impromptu speech on atrocities against the Dalits in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur. Mayawati has also threatened to resign from the Rajya Sabha for the same reason. She has sent in her resignation to the Vice-President. BJP spokesperson and Dalit leader Bizay Sonkar Shastri dismissed her resignation as mere "nautanki".

"If she has merely resigned and doesn't try to reinvent herself and the party, the resignation would mean nothing".

The BSP leader further said if she was not allowed to speak about the troubles faced by the weaker sections of society, she should not be in Parliament.

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