Opposition to quota bill not due to SP-BSP rivalry: Samajwadi Party
New Delhi: Samajwadi Party on Monday made it clear that its opposition to the promotion quota bill should not be seen as political rivalry with BSP and said those who have supported the measure will be "taught a lesson" by the people.
"This is not a SP-BSP issue. This is an issue between the 80 per cent and 20 per cent... We will continue to oppose it," SP General Secretary Ramgopal Yadav told reporters here.
He was asked if the SP opposition to the bill was because of its rivalry with BSP in Uttar Pradesh.
"It has not yet been completely cleared. It will go to Lok Sabha now. It has just been approved by Rajya Sabha," the SP Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha said.
Asked if the government was pressurised by BSP to clear the bill, he said, "When government's intentions are not clear, then how can we say that it has done something under some party's pressure. When BJP was supporting it, the bill could have been passed without BSP support also."
On if his party would oppose the bill in Lok Sabha also, he said, "It should be the policy in Lok Sabha also. We will find out from our leader. We will continue to oppose it."
About the strike in UP by general and backward class employees against the bill, he claimed, "Now the strike will spread to MP also. We have taken this step in country's interest. Whosoever has gone against the national interest..., the country will teach them a lesson."