LS high drama: SP man snatches quota bill, forces House to close

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 19, 2012 12:05 hrs

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha has been adjourned for the day on Monday after Samajwadi Party (SP) MP snatched the Quota Bill from the hands of Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office V. Narayanasamy.

There was high drama inside the Lok Sabha on Wednesday as Sonia Gandhi tried to grab the Quota Bill back from Samajwadi Party MP Yashvir Singh, who had earlier snatched it from Narayanasamy.

The Lok Sabha was adjourned twice earlier on Wednesday after uproar over the Quota Bill, when Samajwadi Party members stormed the Well of the Lok Sabha in protest against the Bill.

The Samajwadi Party lawmakers raised slogans 'promotion mein aarakshan, nahi chalega, nahi chalega' (we do not want reservation in promotions) inside the Lok Sabha earlier in the day.

The constitutional amendment for reservation in promotion for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes government employees was taken up for discussion and vote in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

The Rajya Sabha has already passed the quota bill. Despite strong opposition from the Samajwadi Party (SP), the bill was passed by a majority vote of 184 for and eight against out of the total number of 192 votes.

Narayanasamy, who introduced the bill in the Rajya Sabha, said it seeks to correct the "inadequacy" in representation of SCs and STs in higher positions in government jobs.

"We are convinced that they are backward per se. The government is committed to providing reservations in promotions. This is the commitment of our government and the party," he said.

However, senior SP leader Mohan Singh had earlier said that his party would oppose the bill seeking to provide quota in promotions.

"Supreme Court has denied an approval thrice, but the government is still after making a bill on it. We will oppose it," he said.

SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, who has termed the proposed legislation on SC/ST quota in promotion to be anti-national, has hinted at withdrawing support from the Congress-led UPA Government if the bill is passed.

The quota bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha in the Monsoon Session, but could not be taken up due to disruption on coal block issue.

Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party has been demanding that the bill be passed, but the Samajwadi Party (SP) is opposing it. 

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