New Delhi: BSP on Wednesday blamed both UPA and NDA for the delay in passing the bill providing for reservation to SCs and STs in promotions in government jobs.
"Though the Bill relating to SC/ST promotion was introduced, it has not been passed yet and for this both Congress and its allies and BJP and its allies are responsible," BSP chief Mayawati told reporters outside the Parliament.
The Constitution Amendment Bill relating to reservation for promotion of SC/ST employees was introduced in Rajya Sabha amid din.
"I am happy that the Bill was introduced. But the way the House is being disrupted, it looks that it would not be possible to pass the Bill."

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Criticising the BJP for not supporting the Bill, she said, "We strongly condemn the stand taken by the BJP. As far as coal block allocation is concerned, it is also an important matter. But the reservation for SC/ST employees is also equally important."
She said she had appealed the BJP to support the Bill. "Because this is an issue concerning the entire country," she said.
Taking on the UPA, she said, "Congress has vested political interest in delaying in bringing the Bill. It should have come in the last session. But they wanted to have their candidates win the President and Vice-President elections and for this they did not want to annoy any party."

JD(U) supports quota bill
Meanwhile, fissures in the NDA emerged over the issue of supporting the bill for quota in promotions for SC/ST with key ally JD-U "fully supporting" the bill even as the BJP is averse to its passage in the current session.
Asked about the divergence in the stand of the two parties over the issue, JD-U chief Sharad Yadav said, "They are a different political party."
Yadav, who is also the convener of the NDA, said that his party will talk to the BJP leadership over the issue but made it clear there is "no NDA meeting" scheduled as yet to discuss the issue.
When told that another NDA constituent Shiv Sena has also not supported the bill, he merely said that JD-U is based on the ideology of socialist leaders like Ram Manohar Lohia and Karpuri Thakur thereby implying that that though the JD-U is in the NDA, it has somewhat different ideological moorings than other parties in the alliance.
Yadav, however, dismissed contentions of any rift in the NDA, saying it will remain intact.     

"There are certain issues on which we have different stands from our ally BJP but there is no division in the NDA. NDA is one and will remain intact," Yadav said while announcing that his party "fully supports the bill for providing reservation for promotion in jobs to the SC/ST."
The JD-U chief said that the Cabinet of Bihar government led by his party leader Nitish Kumar had approved such a provision on August 17 itself while the Centre is moving it now.


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