BJP creates obstacles in passage of quota bill in Lok Sabha



New Delhi: Faced with opposition from within over support to the controversial bill for quota in government job promotions, BJP on Thursday created obstacles in its passage in Lok Sabha arguing that the original text had undergone changes and more time was needed to study it.

BJP appeared to be of the view that the bill, passed by Rajya Sabha, should be referred for a review by the Supreme Court. The main opposition also insisted that the bill requires elaborate discussions as the original draft has undergone several changes in Rajya Sabha during passage.

When Personnel Minister V Narayansamy rose to move the Constitution (117th Amendment) Bill, 2012 for consideration and passage around noon, SP members trooped into the Well of the House and shouted slogans against it.

Though this was expected, it also came as a respite to BJP which apprehended some of its members may openly voice their dissent to the bill during discussion. Some of the members had reportedly threatened to even vote against it.

In the midst of the din, senior BJP leader L K Advani was on his feet seeking to speak on the subject, but was not allowed as P L Punia (Cong) was speaking after the Chair asked him to do so. This angered BJP members who termed it as an insult to the main opposition.

After two brief adjournments, when the House re-assembled at 1.15 PM, BJP members also rushed into the Well raising slogans 'pratipaksh ka aisa apmaan, nahi chalega (insult of the opposition will not be tolerated)'.

During the adjournment period, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath and Science and Technology Minister S Jaipal Reddy were seen talking to Advani and Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj.

Both the ministers then briefed Congress President Sonia Gandhi on their discussion with the BJP leaders.

BJP members were also requesting Yadav to control his members so that Advani could speak. As the appeals fell on deaf ears, Ananth Kumar (BJP) was heard warning Yadav that he would also not be allowed to speak next time.

Amid persistent uproar, the Speaker adjourned the House till 2 PM. When the House re-assembled, similar scenes were witnessed and Deputy Speaker Karia Munda adjourned the House for another 30 minutes.

Similar scenes were witnessed when the House re-assembled at 2.30 PM. As noisy scenes continued, the Chair adjourned the House till 4 PM.

During the adjournment, Kamal Nath was again seen reaching out to Swaraj, Advani and Mulayam. Social Justice Minister Kumari Selja was also seen talking to Yadav.

PTI