Uttar Pradesh: BJP MP Savitribai Phule resigns from party
(Sourced from PTI)
BJP MP Savitribai Phule resigned from the party today, saying it is dividing society. The MP from Bahraich, UP, has long been critical of the party's leadership. The Dalit leader said her objective was to get the Constitution implemented in letter and spirit. "I have resigned but will continue as a Lok Sabha member till the end of my tenure," she said in Lucknow.
Phule said she will launch an agitation to champion the cause of Dalits from December 23. She has been attacking the BJP and its governments at the Center and in Uttar Pradesh for their alleged indifference to the concerns of Scheduled Castes. The Dalit leader has also accused the BJP of dividing society and the party, often over its Hindutva plank.