Mayawati: BSP chief threatens to quit RS, if not allowed to speak

Mayawati: BSP chief threatens to quit RS, if not allowed to speak

Mayawati: BSP chief threatens to quit RS, if not allowed to speak

"If I can't raise these issues, I have no right to be here", she said. She will have to sign a proforma and if she deviates from it, by airing her grouse, the letter would be rejected.

She raised the Saharanpur violence and criticised the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh for its handling of the matter.

"If I am not allowed to speak right now, I will resign right away".

Mayawati, whose term in the Upper House is till April next year, argued with Kurien saying how can she be prevented from raising the issue about her "samaj" (community) and the Dalits. She said she will resign if she is not allowed to speak and says she was not allowed to complete her statement on the treatment of Dalits in Saharanpur.

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A miffed Mayawati told the House that if she was not allowed to speak she would quit. "Does the BJP thinks it has a mandate to discriminate against minorities and the poor", asked Azad. "She should apologise for challenging the chair".

Though not in favour of stalling the proceedings of the house, the Congress party also said that the Opposition's voice is suppressed by the government.

"This is the reason I have made a decision to quit from the Rajya Sabha". BJP leader and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi demanded an apology from Mayawati claiming that she had been disrespectful in Rajya Sabha and that she had dared to challenge the Chair (presiding authority).

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

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