She had claimed that she was resigning from the House as she was not allowed to speak on the issue of crimes against her community members.
New Delhi: Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari on Thursday accepted the resignation of BSP supremo Mayawati, whose current term in the Upper House was ending next year in April.
After writing a three page resignation letter, Ms Mayawai, 61, sources said, had submitted a fresh resignation letter as per the prescribed format, tendering a hand-written one-line letter. The format states that the resignation letter should be brief and should not mention the reasons. Angered over not being given more time in the Upper House to complete her speech on rise in atroctities against the Dalits under BJP rule, including in Uttar Pradesh, Ms Mayawati had resigned on Wednesday.
She had claimed that she was resigning from the House as she was not allowed to speak on the issue of crimes against her community members. With only 19 MLAs, it was unlikely that she would have been renominated to Rajya Sabha unless supported by any other party. RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav had offered her a seat from Bihar.
However, her move was seen as an desperate attempt to give a message to her core vote bank, Dalits, after facing political rout in both the 2014 general elections and the assembly elections in her home state.