Rajya Sabha to vote on Quota Bill on Dec 17

After days of continuous disruption and unruly scenes in Parliament, Rajya Sabha will vote on the controversial job promotion quota bill on December 17.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: After days of continuous disruption and unruly scenes in Parliament, Rajya Sabha will vote on the controversial job promotion quota bill on December 17.

Voting will be held after the conclusion of debate whether to reserve promotions in government jobs for Dalits and tribals.

After a high drama, the controversial job quota bill was debated in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, with its greatest proponent, Mayawati, arguing for its exigent implementation.

“All efforts will be taken to ensure that the quota bill is also cleared by the Lok Sabha before this session of Parliament ends on December 20,”
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath was quoted as telling NDTV.

The Samajwadi Party members on Thursday walked out of Rajya Sabha to protest consideration of bill on quota in promotions, which was introduced by Union Minister of State in PMO V Narayanasamy.

The walkout came hours after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urged parliamentarians to let the Rajya Sabha function.

The PM had earlier met Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav to break the impasse over the bill seeking reservation in promotions for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, but failed to reach a compromise.

When the Upper House assembled on Thursday, Samajwadi Party MPs created a ruckus over the quota bill and an angry deputy chairman PJ Kurien then evicted one of its members.

The high drama began after lunch when the SP leaders created a ruckus and started shouting slogans to prevent the house from taking up the bill and advanced to the chairman`s podium.

The SP MPs termed the bill "unconstitutional" and protested the bill.
But an angry Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien made it clear from the onset that he will not adjourn the house and not succumb to "blackmail" and asked Minister of State for Personnel V Narayansamy to proceed with the bill.

But the unruly scenes continued. Kurien then told SP leaders Ram Gopal Yadav and Naresh Agrawal to evict Arvind Kumar Singh from the house. "Please withdraw him," Kurien said.

Kurien also threatened to apply Rule 255, under which marshals would be called if the member did not leave the house.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath also suggested that the chair should name one by one the SP leaders to be evicted from the house.

But after three adjournments the drama showed no signs of ending. Kurien then started naming the SP leaders one by one. This led the SP leaders to walk out of the house.

The drama by the SP came on a day the Supreme Court declined to recall its order of a CBI probe into allegations of disproportionate assets against SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

On Wednesday, BSP chief Mayawati attacked Rajya Sabha Chairperson Hamid Ansari. Certain comments of hers were later expunged, but not before Ansari expressed that he was "upset" by the comments.

With Agency Inputs

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