Lalu backs Mayawati, offers her RS seat from Bihar

Jul 20, 2017, 00:39
Lalu backs Mayawati, offers her RS seat from Bihar

Mayawati has given a three-page resignation letter to Ansari which officials say may not be accepted because members quitting Parliament are expected to submit their resignation in a simple format and without conditions. "It is not fair that I am not allowed to speak in the House on issues close to me", she told reporters.

While announcing the awards, Patil said that the criteria included whether the parliamentarians followed the rules of procedures of the House. "And as a representative, when I'm not being allowed to speak for them, I have no choice but to resign", she said, unmoved by requests from other opposition leaders to reconsider her decision to resign.

Mayawati was speaking in the Rajya Sabha about anti-Dalit violence in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur district, when Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien asked her to cut short her speech.

Her rivals, however, do not think so and for them, the resignation was only a "nautanki" (drama). BSP's attempt to make Mayawati's resignation from Rajya Sabha a political issue against BJP comes at a time when she has nearly completed changing her party's organisational structure at ground level to meet new challenges. "Her every message is communicated to ground level through various WhatsApp groups", a party insider said.

She also apprised the Rajya Sabha Chairman that she had resigned as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister in 2003 after serving for 15 months, as she could not accept interference of the BJP ideology in the then coalition government. But her influence has been on the wane in recent years amid the growing influence of the BJP led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Her resignation is being seen as a desperate move to regain BSP's core Dalit base, which has seen erosion in the last two elections.

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad took objection to Naqvi's remarks, saying the BJP had got a mandate to protect the poor, farmers, minorities and Dalits. She questioned when she can not raise the voices of the weaker sections then what is the use of her being in the House.

Naqvi said Mayawati has shown disrespect for the House and challenged the Chair. "The Parliament does not allow people from backward classes to raise issues pertaining to their communities": If Mayawati is successfully able to sell this idea to the masses then her resignation can prove to be a turning-point for Indian politics.