Bahujan Samaj Party Supremo Mayawati’s resignation was accepted by Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari on Thursday.
The letter was accepted only after Mayawati submitted it in the prescribed format.
Earlier on Tuesday, Mayawati had submitted her resignation letter to Rajya Sabha Secretary claiming that she was not allowed to speak on atrocities against dalits under the BJP government.
Her decision was hailed by JD(U), RJD leaders while BJP described it as a ‘political stunt’.
Mayawati took the decision after she was not provided extra time to complete her speech on the anti-Dalit violence in Saharanpur.
“When I tried speaking about the weaker sections today in the Rajya Sabha, I was not allowed to speak. Why? 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. This is the reason I have decided to quit from Rajya Sabha, I am not being heard, not allowed to speak,” Mayawati told reporters outside the Parliament.
However, her resignation was not accepted as it was not in the prescribed format. Her letter detailed the morning’s incident as the reason for her decision, which was against the Parliamentary norms. The rule says a motive or reason cannot be a basis of a Parliamentarian’s resignation.
The letter was finally accepted on Thursday after it was submitted in the prescribed format.