Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati stormed out of Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, saying she would resign right away if she was not allowed to speak in the House on the issue of atrocities against Dalits under the present NDA government.
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.
"Since the time the BJP has come to power, there has been exploitation of the Dalits, the poor, minorities, and backward castes," the BSP chief said. "The Dalits were suppressed in Saharanpur but the government did not do anything about it. No community is safe in Uttar Pradesh, but the condition of the Dalits is worse," she said.
Before she could make much headway in discussing the issue, Mayawati was asked to cut short her talk as she had exceeded the three minutes given to her to make her submission. She didn't like that.
"If I am not allowed to talk, if I can’t represent the section of the society I belong to, then there’s no point in staying in the House. I will resign,” an angry Mayawati threatened as deputy chairman PJ Kurien stopped her.
Kurien tried to argue that she can only make a demand for a full discussion and cannot make a full speech. But Mayawati refused to budge.
After Mayawati walked out from Rajya Sabha, the Opposition parties raised slogans and caused disruptions in the Upper House, leading to an adjournment. BJP leader and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi demanded an apology from Mayawati, claiming she had been disrespectful in Rajya Sabha and dared to challenge the Chair.
The Congress backed Mayawati and staged a walkout while other BSP members stormed into the well of the house and shouted slogans and disrupted proceedings.
CPM leader Sitaram Yechury also came out in support of Mayawati. "The points she's made are serious. This government is doing nothing about atrocities against Dalits and minorities. They are in serious danger," Yechury said.