Vice-President Hamid Ansari accepts BSP chief Mayawati’s resignation

On Wednesday, Deputy Chairman Kurien said the House wanted Mayawati to withdraw the resignation along with adding that the entire episode was a result of a “misunderstanding” and that he has “utmost respect” for the BSP leader.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 20, 2017 2:13 pm
mayawati resignation, mayawati, mayawati rajya sabha, dalit attack, mayawati on dalit attack, mayawati parliament resignation, india news Mayawati stormed out of Rajya Sabha on Tuesday after Deputy Chairman P J Kurien told her she “cannot monopolise” the floor.

Vice-President Hamid Ansari accepted Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati’s resignation on Thursday, two days after the Dalit leader quit from her Rajya Sabha post alleging she was not allowed to speak on the attacks against Dalits.

On Tuesday, Mayawati was asked to conclude her speech on anti-Dalit violence after she exceeded her stipulated time of three minutes. The BSP chief stormed out of the Upper House after Deputy Chairman P J Kurien told her she “cannot monopolise” the floor.

“Let me complete… this is a serious issue… I have not finished… I will resign from Rajya Sabha today. 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 my community… Dalits,” Mayawati said, before walking out.

In her three-page resignation letter to the Vice-President, Mayawati wrote: “When the ruling party is not allowing me time to present my view on the current issues, then I think it is better for me to resign.”

Related: Moving to reclaim lost ground among Dalits, BSP chief Mayawati says quitting Rajya Sabha. Click here to read.

On Wednesday, Kurien said the House wanted her to withdraw the resignation and that the entire episode was a result of a “misunderstanding” and that he has “utmost respect” for her.

“None of us are happy about her resigning. I have utmost respect for her. It was just a misunderstanding. We all have a lot of respect for her and regard her as a senior leader. The House will ask her to reconsider her decision,” he said.

The Deputy Chairman clarified there was no notice by Mayawati. “…I want to set the record straight… When I came, I saw her standing and gave her three minutes (to speak)… I bypassed the Leader of Opposition and allowed her to speak,” he said.

Mayawati’s term in the Upper House was slated to end in April next year and BSP does not have enough MLAs in the UP assembly to get her re-elected.

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    paarth
    Jul 21, 2017 at 5:15 am
    Poor Mayawati. She just finished installing all her statues and was finally getting started on doing some preliminary work for Dalits, and she got booted out. That is so good she has gifted one more Rajya Sabha seat to the BJP even before it came due.
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      Socrates
      Jul 21, 2017 at 3:53 am
      Congratulations to the nation! The temple of democracy will see one less number of corrupt politicians who have either been elected or nominated from the opposition parties to the Parliament. In order to even have a chance to stand up to the moral high ground against BJP, the combined (even though not allied) anti-BJP opposition does need to get rid of such unscrupulous and corrupt-to-the-core elements, regardless of dalit or non-dalit. Anyways Mayawati was only the biggest hypocrite projecting herself as a saviour of the "unprivileged" classes of the society and selfishly managed to amass gr_and wealth for herself. After quitting Parliament, she should also voluntarily surrender all her benefits and life-long en lements provided to all Parliamentarians, and stop bluffing hapless really under-privileged sections of society. It is hightime some pro-nationalists called her bluff and beat her in her own wily political game.
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        Avinash
        Jul 21, 2017 at 3:46 am
        She is only for herself, her statues and to heck with the Dalits, she pretends to love so much, and represent.
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          Kumarpushp
          Jul 20, 2017 at 11:58 pm
          120 million Dalits should join with 120 million muslims to dethrone the Modi and Yogi Government .
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            Socrates
            Jul 21, 2017 at 4:00 am
            There is a process called elections in India, which you do not see much of in your P_akistan, where dalits and Muslims can vote the way they want. So spare spitting out your anti-BJP venom here.
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              Socrates
              Jul 21, 2017 at 4:03 am
              There is a process called elections in India, which you do not see much of in your P_akistan, in which dalits and muslims can vote the way they want. So spare spitting your anti-BJP venom here.
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                P b das
                Jul 21, 2017 at 3:52 pm
                Fool
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                Arun
                Jul 20, 2017 at 11:04 pm
                It is one of the best decisions of Vice-President Hamid Ansari as Ex Officio Chairman of Rajya Sabha in accepting the resignation of Mayawati MP from Rajya when his tenure is to be over very soon.Mayawati has never rendered service to Dalits but used them as Votes to come to power. Well done Sir !
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