Lucknow/New Delhi: The Samajwadi Party on Sunday alleged that the UPA government was trying to "trap" Mulayam Singh Yadav in the CBI net for not supporting the bill on SC/ST quota in job promotions, a day after its supremo threatened to review the party's outside support if the Bill is passed.
The Congress rubbished the charge, saying CBI is an independent body and government does not interfere in its affairs by any means. "CBI performs its duty on its own," Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said in New Delhi.
After days of continuous disruption and unruly scenes in Parliament, the Rajya Sabha is likely to vote on the Bill on Monday. Alvi also said Congress will issue a whip to its MPs in the Rajya Sabha to support the Constitution (117th Amendment) Bill, 2012 on SC/ST quota for job promotions.
BJP dubbed as "mere political posturing" the threat of Samajwadi Party (SP) to review its outside support to UPA if the Bill is passed.
SP spokesman Rajendra Chowdhury alleged that to deal with Mulayam, the Centre had adopted a policy to "blackmail" him. Chowdhury, however, said "come what may, the SP will not change its stand."
"Conspiracy is on to trap the SP supremo in the CBI net for not supporting FDI and a bill on quota in promotions," he claimed in a statement in Lucknow.
The Government is caught in a bind on the stand taken by its two key outside supporters. The SP stuck to its stand to oppose the Bill while BSP is relentlessly pushing for its quick passage in Parliament.
The Congress said it is committed that there should be reservations in job promotions for SCs and STs.
"After much thought we have committed to this and we are bringing it to Parliament and we hope that we will be able to get the Bill cleared in the Parliament," Alvi said.
Asked if the party was planning to issue a whip to its MPs in Rajya Sabha to vote for the Bill, he said, "Definitely the party will issue a whip. Why will it not issue a whip? "Alvi responded.
UPA does not have a majority in the Upper House and a Constitutional amendment bill requires two-thirds majority.
"SP and BSP are hand-in-glove with Congress. On several occasions, the two have jumped in to save the UPA government. The threat by Mulayam Singh Yadav is a mere political posturing," BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said in New Delhi.


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