After Resignation, What's next for Mayawati?

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday branded Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati's resignation as member of the Rajya Sabha and stormy exit from Parliament, as a calculated which only exposed her "theatrical nature".

Slamming Mayawati, the Minister said the BSP supremo was rejected by Dalits during Lok Sabha and assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and claimed that the election results have caused trepidation in her mind as new leaders from the community are emerging. Ms Mayawati's resignation, handed to Vice President Hamid Ansari, also the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, details the events that led to her angry walkout from the House on Tuesday and her decision to resign. Mayawati was upset over not being allowed to speak over Saharanpur violence in the Rajya Sabha.

A seasoned politician like Mayawati realises her mistakes.

Ms Mayawati, 61, whose Upper House term is coming to an end in April 2018, dramatically walked out of the Upper House after saying she wasn't given enough time to speak about atrocities against Dalits and minorities. "I have not finished".

She did raise the Dalit issue before storming out of the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

Although she had support from the Opposition leader in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, she was still asked to discontinue her speech on Dalit atrocities.

As Kurien sought to stop Mayawati, she said, "If I am not allowed to talk, if I can not represent the section of the society I belong to, if I am not allowed to put across my views on atrocities on Dalits, then there is no point in staying in the House". With support of 47 MLAs of the SP and 7 from the Congress she could just scrape through and be back in the Upper House. "Going by precedence, resignation has to be a one liner and there should not be any reason mentioned as given by Mayawati".

As she walked out of Parliament, other opposition parties raised slogans and disrupted house, forcing an adjournment.

Her rivals, however, do not think so and for them, the resignation was only a "nautanki" (drama). In the last session of the Parliament, we heard Sharad Yadav say that Parliament was the probably the only place, where he had the right to freely express his views, but his voice never reached the masses. But leave it to Mayawati to cement Dalit support in Uttar Pradesh (where BJP is now in power) and make a powerful political move at the same time - all of this, thoroughly impromptu. In the morning, the chairman allowed every Opposition member to raise issues.

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