Monsoon Session: BSP chief Mayawati says she will resign from Rajya Sabha

A view of the Lok Sabha as opposition members protest in the well of the House

Meanwhile, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Mayawati had "insulted the chair" of the Rajya Sabha and must apologise. This infuriated Mayawati and when her repeated demands to be allowed to speak went unheard, the BSP leader staged a walkout. "One more dalit was murdered after that", she said. "The government is doing nothing about [the] atrocities against Dalits and minorities who are under serious danger", he added. Talking to media, he said Ms Mayawati is making allegations out of frustration following her poll defeats.

She added that the reason she has made a decision to quit is because her points are not being heard and she is not allowed to speak on important matters. "I was asked to speak for three minutes in the House", Mayawati told reporters after she left Parliament.

She said that it was shameful if she can't speak about the problems of weaker sections.

"When I tried speaking about the weaker sections today in the Rajya Sabha, I was not allowed to speak".

Pandemonium in the Upper House.

The Dalit leader went on to accuse the BJP of being anti-Dalit and anti-minorities.

"Mayawati has been disrespectful in the House and has dared to challenge the Chair".

Thereafter, Mayawati stormed out of the Rajya Sabha for not being allowed to complete her statement on treatment of Dalits in Saharanpur.

After a solemn first day of Monsoon Session of Parliament on Monday, Tuesday was slated to be an active day with Opposition all geared up to corner the Narendra Modi government over issues ranging from cow vigilantes, farmer crisis and GST bill.

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