SP clamour in Parliament over Quota Bill

Published: 18th December 2012 11:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th December 2012 11:54 AM   |  A+A-

Ahead of the vote on the Constitution Amendment Bill for reservation in promotion in government jobs for the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes on Monday, both Houses of Parliament saw repeated disruptions by the Samajwadi Party.

The Lok Sabha proceedings were disrupted four times, and then finally for the day, as unrelenting SP members kept trooping into the Well at regular intervals. Result: the Lower House could not transact any significant business during the day.  On Monday, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav led from the front. Soon after the House met, the SP members led by Shailendra Kumar trooped into the Well saying a large number of government employees were on strike in UP protesting against the Bill.

 Speaker Meira Kumar asked the SP members to raise the issue in Zero Hour, but her pleas fell on deaf ears. As members were unrelenting the Speaker first adjourned the House till 11.30 am and later till noon.

 Similar scenes were witnessed when the House reassembled at noon and the proceedings were adjourned till 2 pm. The House again witnessed similar sloganeering by the SP members when it met at 2 pm, leading to adjournment for an hour and later for the day.  In the Rajya sabha, the Question Hour had to be adjourned for 30 minutes after the SP members stated that they had given a notice for discussion for amendment over the Bill. After barely two minutes into the Question Hour, Chairman Hamid Ansari adjourned the House for half-an-hour. The House ran smoothly for the rest of the day.

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