LS to vote on quota bill today

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 19, 2012 08:22 hrs

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IBNS) The Lok Sabha on Wednesday will vote on the promotion quota bill, days after it was passed by the Rajya Sabha despite strong opposition by Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party (SP).

The bill calls for reservation in promotions in government jobs for Dalits and tribal people.

The Lok Sabha was adjourned till noon on Wednesday after SP members created ruckus in the house over the SC/ST promotion quota bill.

SP members rushed to the Well and raised slogans against the bill after Speaker Meira Kumar called for the Question Hour.

SC members were seen shouting: "Promotion main aarakshan, nahi chalega, nahi chalega (Reservation in promotions will not work)."

The Rajya Sabha on Monday passed the promotion quota bill, paving the way for a constitutional amendment to allow reservation in government job promotions for Dalits, after the issue was caught in a tussle between its strong supporters like Mayawati´s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the stiff opposition by the Samajwadi Party.

While 206 votes were cast in favour of the Bill, only 10 (nine of them SP lawmakers) were against it of the total 216 votes.

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