Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:51:59 GMT | By IANS

Lok Sabha adjourned over promotions, Muslim job quota

While the BSP has been pressing the government to pass the bill, the SP has issued veiled threats that it could reconsider withdrawing its support to the UPA if the bill is passed


Lok Sabha adjourned over promotions, Muslim job quota (© Reuters)

New Delhi: The Samajwadi Party disrupted both houses of parliament on Monday protesting the bill on reservations in government jobs for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and demanding implementation of the Sachar Committee report on minorities.

The Lok Sabha was disrupted repeatedly five times and was adjourned till Tuesday in what appears to be the Samajwadi Party's pressure tactics ahead of the Rajya Sabha vote on the controversial quota in promotions bill Monday evening.

The SP, led by its chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, raised the issue of reservation in government job promotions as soon as the lower house assembled on Monday morning.

SP members rushed towards the speaker's podium, raising slogans against the bill and disrupting question hour.

Speaker Meira Kumar appealed for peace and told the SP it would be given time to raise the matter during zero hour.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath also tried to pacify SP members but they continued to protest. Finally, the speaker adjourned the house till 11.30 am and then till noon. The house was again adjourned till 2 pm, 3 pm and then for the day as similar scenes prevailed.

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