New Delhi: Demanding reservation for SCs/STs
and OBCs in the faculty of the country`s top institutions,
BSP and several other parties on Wednesday stalled passage of a bill
in Rajya Sabha, which seeks to upgrade IIIT, Kancheepuram to
institute of national importance.
The trouble got aggravated after HRD Minister Kapil Sibal
said that while there is reservation in admissions in the
institutions of national importance, there was no such
provision in the case of faculty.
On the penultimate day of Monsoon session, Sibal moved the
Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and
Manufacturing, Kancheepuram Bill for passage.
As Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan was about to ask for a
voice vote for passage of the bill without discussion,
Jesudasu Seelam (Cong) stood up, raising the issue of
reservation in the institutes of national importance.
This prompted the BSP, RJD and LJP along with the Left
parties to seek proper discussion on the bill.
SC Mishra (BSP) accused the Congress and the BJP of
reaching an understanding for passage of the Bill without
Amidst acrimonious scenes, Khan adjourned the House for 15
minutes in the afternoon.
When the House reassembled and Sibal clarified that there
was no provision of reservation in the faculty, members from
the BSP, RJD and LJP rushed into the well and shouted slogans
against the Government.
At this stage, BJP also expressed displeasure with Sibal`s
reply. The Chair then adjourned the House for 30 minutes.
Senior ministers, including P Chidambaram, Sibal and Pawan
Kumar Bansal, were visibly upset with Seelam whose question to
the government prompted BSP and others to stall the
The bill, which has already been passed by the Lok Sabha,
could not be taken up later, as the House was adjourned for
the day after Home Minister`s statement on Delhi High Court