BJP calls Mayawati’s resignation a ‘drama’, Lalu comes out in support of BSP chief

Mayawati

HIGHLIGHTS

  • BJP accused Mayawati of attempting to mislead people by making an emotional pitch
  • Lalu Prasad said Mayawati had the RJD’s full support in opposing the BJP’s anti-Dalit politics
  • Mayawati had resigned after not being allowed to speak in the Rajya Sabha earlier today

NEW DELHI: The BJP on Tuesday termed BSP chief Mayawati‘s stormy exit from Parliament and her subsequent resignation as member of the Rajya Sabha a calculated “drama to create confusion”, even as support poured in for her from some quarters.

BJP general secretary Bhupender Yadav accused Mayawati of attempting to mislead people by making an emotional pitch. He further alleged that she did not follow the parliamentary decorum while raising issues in the Upper House today.

“So the question is why did she do so? She has lost people’s mandate. She is likely to be in frustration. Her tenure is anyway going to end in the next session. Some people are resorting to emotional pitch in politics by doing drama so as to create confusion. People will not be misled,” Yadav said.

RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav applauded Mayawati’s move to quit the Rajya Sabha and said he stood with her in opposing the BJP’s divisive and anti-Dalit politics.

“We support Mayawati ji and firmly oppose BJP and its attempts to oppress the voice of the marginalised. This behaviour of BJP ministers against Mayawati ji proves that BJP is an anti-Dalit party,” Lalu said.He also invited Mayawati to get contest the Rajya Sabha election from Bihar.

“(I’ve) offered and requested her (Mayawati) to be Rajya Sabha MP from Bihar to fight against atrocities and divisive agenda of BJP,” the former Bihar chief minister said in a tweet.

BJP leader Shrikant Sharma lashed out at the BSP chief and alleged that after failing to contribute to UP during her tenure as chief minister, Mayawati was now attempting to sow the seeds of discord in the state.

“Mayawati ji has not contributed for the development of Uttar Pradesh. I would like to ask her not try to create unrest in the peaceful state,” Sharma said.

Hours after threatening to quit, Mayawati tendered her resignation to the Chairman of Rajya Sabha, alleging she was not allowed to speak on the subject of attacks on Dalits and backward classes.

“I was not allowed to speak on problems being faced by the Dalits, backward class, weaker sections including farmers and labourers in Uttar Pradesh. Since I was not allowed by the ruling party to raise these issues, I have decided to resign from Rajya Sabha,” she told media persons earlier today.
She raised the Saharanpur violence and criticised the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh for handling the matter poorly.

“Since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has come to power, there have been atrocities on Dalits and minorities starting from Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad, then the Gau Rakshaks,” the BSP chief asserted.

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