BSP supremo Mayawati resigns as RajyaSabha member, says party general secretary Satish Mishra.
On the second day of the monsoon session of Parliament, Mayawati attempted to discuss the recent cases of atrocities against Dalits and minorities. She also brought up the anti-Dalit violence in Saharanpur in May during the birth anniversary celebrations of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar.
Mayawati, whose term in the Upper House is till April next year, argued with Kurien saying how can she be prevented from raising the issue about her ‘samaj’ (community) and the Dalits. “I have not finished. You cannot do this.”
Kurien said she can only call for a discussion after giving a notice under rule 267 that seeks adjournment of proceedings to take up an issue and not make a speech to initiate a discussion.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Mayawati was challeging the Chair. “She should apologise. She has threatened the Chair,” he said.
BSP members immediately rushed into the Well shouting “Dalit virodhi yeh sarkar nahi chalegi, nahi chalegi” (anti-dalit government will not be tolerated).
Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad briefly prevailed over them to allow him to make his submission.