Mayawati was raising the issues of anti-Dalit violence in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh on the second day of Monsoon Session when P.J. Kurien asked her to wrap up her speech as she had exceeded the three minutes given to her.
"Jab satta paksh mujhe apni baat rakhne ka bhi samay nahi de raha hai toh mera isteefa dena hi theek hai (If the ruling party is not going to allow me to speak, then it's better to resign)", ANIreported Mayawati as saying. "I am supposed to get Z-plus security, but there was no such arrangement", Mayawati said. "It is not good", she said after resigning.
Mayawati's current Rajya Sabha term would have ended on 2 April, 2018. She can not get another term on BSP's strength as the party has only 18 MLAs whereas around 38 MLA votes are needed for a Rajya Sabha seat from UP. All these mistakes today have come to haunt the BSP supremo when Dalit politics got reinvented right under her nose. BJP spokesperson and Dalit leader Bizay Sonkar Shastri dismissed her resignation as mere "nautanki". In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, her party posted its worst ever performance, with none of its candidates managing to register a win. "We support Mayawati ji and if she wants we will again send her to Rajya Sabha", he said to the media.
Communist Party of India leader Sitaram Yechury accused the central government of not allowing the Opposition to speak about "atrocities against Dalits and farmer suicides".
Political circles are agog with speculations about the possibility of Mayawati challenging chief minister, Aditya Nath Yogi in his forte Gorakhpur once he resigns from his Lok Sabha seat Gorakhpur and contests from an Assembly constituency. It's a shame. If I can't speak about our weaker sections in the House then I have no right to stay in the House.
"If she has merely resigned and doesn't try to reinvent herself and the party, the resignation would mean nothing". She was soon seen walking out in a rage. She has lost people's mandate.