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Mayawati: Top India Dalit leader quits parliament

Mayawati: Top India Dalit leader quits parliament

If her resignation is accepted, the BSP as well as the Opposition will lose an MP while the BJP in UP will bag the seat.

As expected, Mayawati had the ready support of leader of opposition Gulam Nabi Azad who also alleged that the dalits, minorities and the poor sections of the sociiety were at the receiving end under the present dispensation.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury said the issues raised by Mayawati were "serious".

Speaking to reporters outside parliament, the BSP leader said, " When I tried speaking about the weaker sections today in the Rajya Sabha, I was not allowed to speak. Why? "It gives her time to build her support base". If she resigns, the BSP will lose a Rajya Sabha member which in turn will be BJP's gain as the latter is in the minority.

Earlier, she had demanded a discussion over the issue of violence against Dalits but Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien told her she had already made her demand for a full discussion and should let the House conduct its business. When she was UP chief minister, she was member of the Legislative Council and at present, a Rajya Sabha member which was to expire in April 18 next year. But her decision to actually send in her resignation to Vice-President Hamid Ansari a few hours later took many by surprise.

Political analysts said that Ms Mayawati's threat to quit was aimed at scoring political points within her own community. But her influence has been on the wane in recent years amid the growing influence of the BJP led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She said, "If I am not allowed to speak right now, I will resign right away". That's why she resigned in frsutration.

According to Pai, Mayawati will have to go to the masses and work hard to reinvent herself: "We will have to wait and see what she can achieve and it would then be appropriate to comment on her revival". For that she needs to work hard among the people in Uttar Pradesh and that would require a change of functioning style.

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