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Quota bill tabled in Rajya Sabha

Posted on Dec 13, 06:21PM | IBNS

Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) V Narayanasamy introduced the SC/ST promotion quota bill in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

The Samajwadi Party (SP) members walked out of the House in order to protest consideration of bill on quota in promotions.

The House witnessed several adjournments on Thursday as protesting SP members created ruckus on the quota bill issue.

The debate on the issue later started and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitey said: "I will urge the government to seriously reconsider this. If someone has doubtful integrity, then he will still be entitled to promotion."

Bhaujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati said: "I appeal to members of the Parliament to put aside differences and support the legislation. I am happy about the peace in the House. I am hopeful that the Bill will be passed by Parliament."

"Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes need reservation in promotions. The BSP never opposed quota for backward classes," she said.

The Upper House of the Parliament witnessed repeated disruptions and chaos on Thursday as SP members created ruckus over the issue.

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien was seen losing his cool and asked SP leaders to evict one of its members from the House, reports said.

Kurien adjourned the House for 10 minutes after it met following the lunch break as SP members shouted slogans against the bill.

SP members gathered near the Chair and raised slogans after the House reconvened, reports said.

Kurien asked senior SP leaders Ram Gopal Yadav and Naresh Agrawal to evict Arvind Kumar Singh from the House.

"Please withdraw him..If you don't then I will be forced to call the marshals," Kurien said.

Amid ruckus, the Deputy Chairman P J Kurien again adjourned the House for 10 minutes.

The SP members later walked out of the House and debate on the bill started in the Rajya Sabha, reports said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh earlier in the day urged Parliamentarians to let the Upper House of the Parliament function.

Singh reportedly met SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on the same day over the issue of quota bill.

However, the meeting failed to break the deadlock, reports said.