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Quota in Promotion Bill: LS adjourned twice after uproar
Last Updated : 19 Dec 2012 01:31:15 PM IST
Quota in Promotions Bill: Lok Sabha to vote on Wednesday


Lok Sabha on Wednesday witnessed repeated uproar before the quota in promotion bill was to be taken up for consideration, with the Samajwadi Party members storming the Well in protest against the measure.

 The House also saw noisy scenes over demands by women opposition members seeking adequate protection to women in the
backdrop of the barbaric incident of rape on a 23-year old girl in Delhi on Sunday.

Members from Shiv Sena and BJP from Maharashtra were also in the Well raising slogans for increasing cotton prices to Rs 6,000 per quintal and other measures to prevent suicides by cotton-growers.

As soon as Speaker Meira Kumar called for the Question Hour, SP members trooped into the Well raising slogans against the Constitution (117th Amendment) Bill. Lok Sabha will debate and vote for the  controversial promotion quota bill but the BJP and the Congress are  caught in a Catch-22 situation.

 "Promotion main aarakshan, nahi chalega, nahi chalega (We do not want reservation in promotions)," the SP member shouted.

To counter the SP onslaught, Congress members were in the aisles raising slogans in favour of the Bill and urging the Speaker to evict the SP members. "Dalit Virodhiyon ko bahar karo (Evict those opposing Dalits)," the Congress members chanted.

 TDP and Shiv Sena members were in the Well raising slogans for increasing cotton prices to Rs 6,000 per quintal. They were waving placards for better prices for cotton.

While the BJP leadership in Uttar Pradesh has vocally begun to speak against reservations for the SCs and the STs in promotions, the Congress is also coming across opposition on the bill in hushed tones.


The UPA government managed the floor to   pass the quota in promotions bill in the Rajya Sabha on Monday. Despite strong opposition from the Samajwadi Party, the bill finally got the backing of 206 members while 10 voted against the legislation in Rajya Sabha which has a strength of 245.

While UPA ally Samajwadi Party(SP) strongly opposed the bill, BSP, another outside ally of the government, pushed for it, compelling the government to toe its stand. Nine SP members voted against the bill along with an Independent Md Adeeb.

All four members of Shiv Sena, which was also opposed to the Bill, were not present in the House.  A last-minute attempt by SP to defer consideration of the bill by sending it to the Parliamentary Standing for indepth consideration was rejected.

But  the quota in promotions bill had put the Congress-led UPA government in a tight spot  as  SP and BSP  are taking opposite positions on the bill.


Government employees in Uttar Pradesh continued their agitation against quota for SC/STs in promotions for the seventh day on Wednesday.  "This bill is not in the favour of the nation and nearly 18 lakh employees are continuing on strike to oppose it,"President of Sarvjan Hitay Sanrakshan Samiti Shailendra Dubey said.


Intensifying their stir after Rajya Sabha passed the constitutional amendment bill for reservation in promotions, state government employees opposing the move  staged protests before residences of Congress, BJP and BSP leaders.


Despite the repeated disruptions by SP, the government had finally managed to push through the bill in the Rajya Sabha, where 206 members backed it and 10 voted against the legislation.


Differences among BJP members on reservation in promotion

Differences cropped up among BJP MPs on the issue of providing reservation in promotion for SC and ST government employees a day after a bill in this regard was passed by the Rajya Sabha.

But some BJP  leaders in Uttar Pradesh have expressed apprehension over outcomes of the legislation, claiming that it will "disturb" social harmony and lead to "dissent" in society.

  "This Constitutional amendment will disturb social harmony and lead to more dissent in the society in the days to come.So  before it is taken up for voting in the Lok Sabha tomorrow,all the members should review the matter," BJP state spokesperson Satyadev Singh told reporters here.

 Singh appealed to the Lok Sabha members to reconsider their stand on the issue and cast their vote only after taking into account its "outcomes in the longer run". Training his guns at the Congress, Singh claimed that the already existing reservation for SCs/STs in government jobs has not benefited those who needed it, and blamed the Centre for the "failure".

 Deputy Leader of the Party in the Assembly Satish Mahana also expressed apprehension over outcomes of the amendment,and said he has apprised the party leadership about his and his party workers' reservations.


 "It is my duty to apprise the central party leadership about my view and that of all party workers, and I have already told them about it," Mahana said. He, however, said he will stand by whatever stand the party leadership takes on the matter.


The anti-quota government employees of the state have also taken a strong exception of BJP's stand on the issue, with the agitating workers staging demonstrations outside the party office in the capital today.



Source: IANS, Other Agencies, Staff Reporters
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