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Rajya Sabha: Mayawati on Dalit issue – 'Let me speak or I will resign'
BSP supremo and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Tuesday threatened to resign from the Rajya Sabha after she was not allowed to raise the issue of Dalit atrocities in the Upper House on the second day of the Monsoon Session.

She was speaking during the zero hour for which the BSP Chief had given an adjournment notice to discuss the atrocities on the Dalits in Uttar Pradesh's Shahranpur district. She was given three minutes to speak.

When Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien asked her to wrap up her speech as she had exceeded her allotted three minutes to make her submission, she started arguing with Kurien saying that how can she be prevented from raising the issue about her 'samaj' (community) and the Dalits.

She said, "I have not finished. You cannot do this."

"I have no moral right to be in the House if I am not allowed to put across my views on atrocities being committed against Dalits," she further added.

After the Chair asked her to restrict her impromptu speech on anti-Dalit violence in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, she made it clear by saying, "Let me speak or I will resign."

Earlier in the House, she had said that "casteism and capitalism" had grown all over the country, particularly in the BJP-ruled states, after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had come to power at the Centre.

During her speech, she alleged that Dalits were being targeted and sought attention of the House on the issue.

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