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Updated: December 14, 2012 02:27 IST

Quota bill moved in Rajya Sabha, SP members stage walkout

Sandeep Joshi
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(Above) Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien pacifies members in Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Thursday. (Below) Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan in Rajya Sabha during a discussion.
(Above) Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien pacifies members in Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Thursday. (Below) Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan in Rajya Sabha during a discussion.

The controversial bill for providing the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes with reservation in promotion in government jobs was finally taken up in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, but not before Samajwadi Party members staged a walkout, accusing the United Progressive Alliance government of “misusing [its] majority to get an unconstitutional bill” passed.

Post-lunch, when Minister of State for Personnel V. Narayanasamy rose to table the Constitution (117th Amendment) Bill, 2012, the SP members trooped into the well, raising slogans. This was followed by three short adjournments, with Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien warning seven SP members of eviction if they did not allow the House to function. “There will be no adjournment [for the day]. I can’t surrender to such tactics… Such blackmail will not be tolerated,” he told them. At one stage, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath even asked the Chair to call the marshals to get the unruly MPs evicted. All Opposition members strongly protested this.

However, the stalemate ended with all SP members walking out, after their leader Ram Gopal Yadav claimed that “80 per cent MPs across parties” were against the bill, but their voices were muzzled by party whip. “A majority of the nation is against the bill… The government is forcing it as it has majority.”

Moving the bill, Mr. Narayanasamy said it would give SC/ST employees adequate representation in government jobs. An amendment to the Constitution was necessary as SC/ST candidates did not find place in the higher bureaucracy, and States wanted to remove this anomaly.

Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley, who initiated the debate, supported the bill’s basic aim, but sought two changes. He said the amendment did not deal with the concept of reservation in promotion and the issue of consequential seniority. In its present form, the bill ran the risk of being struck down by court.

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati, who has been mounting pressure on the government to get the bill through, blamed the Congress for the plight of the SCs/STs.

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There should be nation wide strike by all employees throughout the country, not from UP, against this illegal, unconstitutional bill imposing by the Congress led UPA2, even though, they all are well aware, that is is unconstitutional and Honourable Supreme Court will quash it whenever it comes to SC for hearing. Why this type of illegal and unconstiutional actions conducting by the Political Parties in India? Are they think that lawmaking is a chlidish play or are they think that Indians are foolish and they will accept whatever Indian Politicians imposed against their WILL. They have to change their attitude and be practical and pro-people and not anti Indian, anti national and anti constitution. We people are demanding for, over all changes in the present reservation system as the present reservation is outdated and constitution do not allow to continue reservation for long years and why the people, inspite of reservation policieis we continued more than 65 yrs of our Independent, disparity in income and inequality we could not control? Why Govt. is inviting agitation for all issues and creating trouble for themselves and the citizen? We also suggest that SP members who are against quota on promotion bill, should participate and vote against this BIll in Rajya Sabha instead of walk out during voting time as walk out means, their opposition against this bill is not true. If SP walkout, instead of vote against this Bill in Rajya Sabha, it means, UPA2 again win and this bill is passed and UPA2 again succeeds to manage to pass bill in Parliament. If such thing happens, SP credibility will also lose and they will also lose the public support they got in the last UP election and nother party will take the reign of UP after the next election.

from:  Khairnar
Posted on: Dec 14, 2012 at 11:59 IST

there should b a reservation for unreserved
to safeguard them so that reserved could not come in unreserved seat

from:  mohit
Posted on: Dec 14, 2012 at 10:52 IST

How would the MPs feel if there is 100% reservation in the Parliament?

from:  Akshay
Posted on: Dec 14, 2012 at 03:37 IST

Another black day for the country, where job performance is less important than who/where you are born to. This is cheap/escapist politics rather than coming up with creative ways of solving real issues.

from:  Ravi P
Posted on: Dec 14, 2012 at 00:57 IST

What I remember is the words of former speaker P A Sangma. "Professor Please be seated. Professor Please..... Let the Prime Minister speak. Professor Please...." No, No cameras. Switch Off the cameras" and there was blackout in TV screen. At that time it was the same P J Kurien interrupting the proceedings of parliament.

from:  Manikandan
Posted on: Dec 14, 2012 at 00:45 IST

Samajwadi party has been the only beneficiaries of all chaos that is being created on reservation bill on promotion. BJP because of their ambiguous stand seems to loose the remaning votes in UP . The left out class(NON SC/ST and Backward class) seems to be like orphan and does not know where to look . Samajwadi party because of their stand seems to be only party who at least look is standing for this left out class. Mayawati only shows aggressiveness when it comes to proving messiah for SC/ST
I would be very happy if Mayawati would have such shown such character for other thing as related to national development. Here is one leader who has aspiration of becoming PM of India without raising her projected status as leader of SC. Madam, is this only way when SC/ST can be benefited in society. Where will such demand ends ? I have not heard Mayawati speaking about the dalits in TN where their establishment were burnt.

from:  pawan
Posted on: Dec 14, 2012 at 00:17 IST
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