New Delhi: Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien on Thursday asked Samajwadi Party MP Arvind Kumar Singh to leave the House for disrupting the proceedings over the contentious SC/ST quota Bill.

SP leaders started raising slogans saying they didn't want reservations in government job promotions, soon after the Upper House met following the lunch break. When the din showed no signs of abating, Kurien adjourned the House for 10 minutes.

The unruly scenes continued when the House met with SP leaders gathering near the chair and continuing their loud slogans. An angry Kurien then told SP leaders Ram Gopal Yadav and Naresh Agrawal to evict Arvind Kumar Singh from the House.

"Please withdraw him," Kurien said. "If you don't, I will be forced to call the marshals," he added.

When the party members continued their slogan shouting, Kurien announced that the House be adjourned for 10 minutes.

Earlier, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the contentious SC/ST quota bill. Post meeting, SP sources said that the party will continue to oppose the bill that BSP has been insisting upon.

On Wednesday, Rajya Sabha could not function because of uproar over the Bill.

The SP is of the view that reservation in promotion in government jobs for SC/ST candidates would not be fair.

Upset over the fact that lack of order prevented passage of the Constitutional amendment (117th Amendment) Bill, Mayawati had on Wednesday criticised the Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari.


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