Faced with opposition from within over support to the controversial bill for quota in government job promotions, BJP today created obstacles in its passage in Lok Sabha arguing that the original text had undergone changes and more time was needed to study it.
BJP appeared to be of the view that the bill, passed by Rajya Sabha, should be referred for a review by the Supreme Court. The main opposition also insisted that the bill requires elaborate discussions as the original draft has undergone several changes in Rajya Sabha during passage.
When Personnel Minister V Narayansamy rose to move the Constitution (117th Amendment) Bill, 2012 for consideration and passage around noon, SP members trooped into the Well of the House and shouted slogans against it.
Though this was expected, it also came as a respite to BJP which apprehended some of its members may openly voice their dissent to the bill during discussion. Some of the members had reportedly threatened to even vote against it.
In the midst of the din, senior BJP leader L K Advani was on his feet seeking to speak on the subject, but was not allowed as P L Punia (Cong) was speaking after the Chair asked him to do so. This angered BJP members who termed it as an insult to the main opposition.
After two brief adjournments, when the House re-assembled at 1.15 PM, BJP members also rushed into the Well raising slogans 'pratipaksh ka aisa apmaan, nahi chalega (insult of the opposition will not be tolerated)'. (MORE)
Quota bill row: SP member regrets his conduct in Lok Sabha
Controversial SP member Yashvir Singh on Thursday sought to bring down the curtain on the issue of snatching a copy of the quota bill in the Lok Sabha from Minister V Narayanasamy by expressing regret.
Speaker Meira Kumar apparently let off Singh by saying in Lok Sabha that in future members should discuss issues in a "proper and orderly" manner.
Lok Sabha had witnessed shocking scenes yesterday when Singh snatched the Constitution (117th Amendment) Bill from Narayanasamy when he was moving it for consideration of the House. Congress President Sonia Gandhi had leapt forward and tried to retrieve the Bill from Singh.
A minor scuffle broke out in Lok Sabha as Congress members confronted SP members for their behaviour.
"I am greatly anguished by that incident. Honourable Member has, this morning, expressed his regret. Now onwards, I would like all Honourable Members to discuss all issues in a proper and orderly manner in the House," the Speaker said.
Kumar said an untoward incident had led to the abrupt adjournment of the House yesterday when the Minister for Personnel and Public Grievances was moving the bill for consideration.
"The unfortunate incident has set us all thinking as it shakes the very foundation of our parliamentary democracy," the Speaker said.
She said in a democracy there may be differences of opinion on issues. "But the issues should be resolved through debates and discussions. There are provisions for voting to ensure that the majority will prevails. Yesterday's incident is not in conformity with the democratic traditions of this House."
The incident had led to commotion in the House and triggered a war of words outside between Congress and its ally SP, which is strongly opposed to reservation in promotion for SCs and STs in government jobs.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath had said he would urge the Speaker to take action against the SP member.