New Delhi: The Parliament on Wednesday once again witnessed huge pandemonium over the Quota Bill enabling the promotion of SC/STs in the government jobs. During the proceedings of Rajya Sabha, the BSP MPs have got into scuffle with arch rival SP members.

The House had to take up the Constitution (117th Amendment) Bill, 2012 as the priority basis. As the business of the House begins, SP MP Ram Naresh Agrawal stormed into the well where BSP MP Avtar Singh Karimpuri tried to stop him. This incident took ugly turn.

Several other members requested Karimpuri to take his seat while Agrawal was approaching the chair of Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, PJ Kurian. Several SP members were trying to approach Minister of State for Personnel and Training, V Narayanswamy who was introducing the Bill in the House.

However, marshals stopped Agrawal before proceeding towards well. Amid huge ruckus, Narayanswamy introduced the Bill in the House. Soon after, the business of the House was adjourned till 2 pm and later for the entire day.

Amid criticism over the CAG report on presumptive losses in the coal block allocations, the Centre has introduced the Bill. But the government managers are aware of the complexity in getting the controversial Bill passed in the House.

Most probably, the SC/ST promotion Bill will meet the same fate as Women Reservation bill had witnessed in 2010.

After the jostle in the Upper House, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh convened high level meeting regarding the future of the Bill. After the meeting, the government reached the conclusion that in the present session the Bill is unlikely to get passed. Since the Bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabh, the discussion can be held on it in the future.

Agrawal made complaint of breach of privilege with Chairman Hamid Ansari against the Karimpuri.

The Congress strategists think that they succeeded to divert the attention of the Opposition from the coalgate which had given sleepless night to them, while the BJP chose to keep silent on the controversial Bill.

BSP supremo Mayawati on Wednesday appeared to be in attacking mode to get passed the Bill. If the Bill gets passed in the Parliament, it may pay dividends to the BSP in the next Parliamentary Elections in 2014 providing Mayawati a major role to play in the government formation in case of fractured verdict.

The BSP czarina criticized both the Congress and the BJP for delaying the Bill in the House. Her bête noire Mulayam Singh Yadav termed the Bill as unconstitutional and tried justify his party MPs’ behavior in the Parliament.

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