New Delhi, July 20: Two days after Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati tendered her resignation as Rajya Sabha member, Chairman Dr Hamid Ansari accepted it on Thursday. In a dramatic turn of events, Mayawati stormed out of the Upper House on Tuesday, saying she was not allowed to speak on Dalit issue.
Mayawati today met the Vice President with a second letter, a one-line handwritten note. Earlier, she submitted a three-page long letter which was reportedly not accepted as it was not in the required format, the NDTV reported.
The Rajya Sabha even asked the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister to withdraw her resignation, Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien had said. Kurien, with whom Mayawati had got angry when he asked her to conclude her speech after the prescribed three minutes, had said the episode was a result of a “misunderstanding” and that he has “utmost respect” for the BSP leader.
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“None of us are happy about her resigning. I have utmost respect for her. It was just a misunderstanding. We all have a lot of respect for her and regard her as a senior leader. The House will ask her to reconsider her decision,” Kurien had said.
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Mayawati, whose term in the Upper House was till April 2018, had said that she would resign as there was no point to be a member when she was not allowed to speak. it is very unlikely that she would get another term as she does not have required number of MLAs in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly.
The resignation move is seen as an attempt by Mayawati to consolidate her core Dalit support base and re-establish herself as the sole leader of the community after facing a massive defeat in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in March this year. Her party could win only 18 seats while the BJP came to power by winning more than 300 of the 403 seats.
Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad has come out in support of Mayawati and offered to send her to the Upper House from Bihar. “If Mayawati wishes, we will send her to Rajya Sabha from Bihar,” the RJD president whose party has 80 MLAs in 243-member Bihar Legislative Assembly said.