A furious Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati today threatened to resign from the membership of the Rajya Sabha if she was not allowed to raise the various incidents of violence against Dalits and other minorities.
“Let me speak or I will resign from the Rajya Sabha if I am not allowed to speak on Dalit atrocities,” Mayawati told Rajya Sabha Speaker PJ Kurien after he asked her to cut her impromptu speech short.
Before she walked out of the Upper House in protest, the Dalit leader raised the Saharanpur violence and criticized the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh for its handling of the matter. She also raised the suicide by Rohith Vemula and the flogging of Dalit men in Gujarat’s Una by self-styled cow vigilantes.Accusing the BJP of being anti-Dalit and anti-minorities, Mayawati said, “Since the BJP has come to power, there has been atrocities on Dalits, minorities starting from Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad, then the Gau Rakshaks (cow vigilantes).”
“And then in UP with EVM tampering,” the 61-year-old leader went on, repeating her earlier allegation of the tampering of the voting machines in the high-stakes Uttar Pradesh Assembly election.