Mayawati's Resignation a Political Drama, Says BJP

Mayawati's Resignation a Political Drama, Says BJP

Mayawati when visited the riot-hit area, she blamed the Yogi Adityanath government for the failure of law and order situation. "I have dedicated my life for the uplift of the poor, Dalits, tribes, backwards, Muslims, and other minorities groups". Five minutes (Mayawati was first allowed three minutes, then given an extension and was later reminded that her time was over) was too much time given to a member to make her point.

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad criticised the treasury benches and ministers for not allowing Mayawati to raise issues of concern to her. Over a period of time she became isolated and politically unavailable, building a wall of secrecy around her. She can not seek re-election until her tenure ends in April next year and even then, they say, that she does not have the numbers to stage a comeback.

She had in the morning accused deputy Rajya Sabha chairman P J Kurien of not allowing her to speak.

With changing narrative of Dalit politics, Mayawati has no option left but to ramp up the rhetoric against BJP. Her resignation today seems to be a political antic, just another bid to paint the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi as anti-Dalit. She can not get another term on BSP's strength as the party has only 18 MLAs whereas around 38 MLA votes are needed for a Rajya Sabha seat from UP.

Mayawati's current Rajya Sabha term would have ended on 2 April, 2018.

"I met Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari to hand over my resignation letter".

The opposition parties would meet every day before the start of the proceedings to decide which issues will raised on the specific day.

Earlier in morning, she had threatened to resign from the Upper House accusing the Chair of not allowing her to speak on Dalit atrocities. That's why she resigned in frsutration. She was soon seen walking out in a rage. "It is best if she just concentrates on UP to recover lost ground and that alone would be enough to catapult her into a position of national prominence".

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