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Mayawati resigns from Rajya Sabha

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Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati resigned from the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday and she handed over her resignation letter to Vice President Hamid Ansari, who is chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

Mayawati’s letter of resignation. (Image courtesy: Twitter/ @ BspUp2017 )

Earlier in the day,she had threatened to quit the Upper House for “not being allowed to speak” about atrocities against Dalits and minorities. she further added that “If I am not allowed to speak right now, I will resign right away”. UP Minister S Sharma while talking about Mayawati’s resignation said, “Mayawati ka UP ko aage badhane mein koi sahyog nahi raha hai. Shaant pradesh mein ashaanti failane ki koshish na karein.”

Mayawati had been speaking about the recent anti-Dalit violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur district in the Rajya Sabha, when Deputy Chairman P J Kurien asked her to curtail her speech, which was exceeding the three-minute duration.

“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,” said Mayawati