Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari has accepted the resignation of BSP President Mayawati after she submitted a hand written letter addressed to the Chair. Her first resignation letter, submitted on Tuesday, was rejected by the Chairman as it was not in the prescribed format.
Mayawati said that she resigned as an MP because she was not allowed to raise the issue of anti-Dalit violence in the House.
Hours before she met Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari on Tuesday to submit her resignation, an angry Mayawati walked out of the Rajya Sabha and threatened to quit Parliament after the Chair asked her to restrict her speech on anti-Dalit violence in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh.
“I met the chairman to hand over my resignation letter. It is not fair that I am not allowed to speak in the House on issues close to me…,” she told reporters.
In her resignation letter, she said, “When I got up to speak, the government side did not allow me to complete. Their members stood up and interfered… Instead of asking them not to interfere, the Deputy Chairman asked me to end as the allocated three minutes were over. Which rule says a member cannot speak for more than three minutes. It is not good!”
Meanwhile on Wednesday, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien, who had asked her to conclude her speech after the prescribed three minutes, said the episode was a result of a “misunderstanding” and that he has “utmost respect” for the BSP leader.
“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,” Kurien had said.