Chennai: In a move that might complicate UPA government's efforts to push through the bill to provide reservation in promotion to SCs and STs in government jobs, its key southern ally DMK on Wednesday backed Samajwadi Party's demand for extending similar quota to OBCs also.

"SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav did not say there should be no reservation for SC and ST communities, but only questioned why the Bill did not cover OBCs. This policy is acceptable to us also," DMK president M Karunanidhi said in a statement.


What is SC/ST quota bill for reservation in promotion?

  • Union Cabinet cleared SC/ST quota bill for promotion in state jobs on September 4, 2012
  • Bill seeks to amend at least four Articles of the Constitution to provide quota in promotions to SC/STs
  • Previous UP government led by Mayawati had provided reservation benefits for SCs, STs in promotions to higher posts in government jobs
  • The Supreme Court on April 28, 2012 quashed previous UP government’s move, terming it as unconstitutional and done without any sufficient data
  • Subsequently, at the onset of Monsoon session of Parliament on August 8, several parties vociferously demanded that a bill be brought to circumvent the SC decision
  • In view of these demands, the government promised on August 9 that a Bill would be brought in Parliament
  • Scuffle between SP member Naresh Agarwal and BSP member Avatar Singh Karimpuri in Rajya Sabha over tabling of the bill in house  

Karunanidhi's backing of the SP supremo's stand may cause more discomfort for UPA government, which introduced the bill in the Rajya Sabha today, amid a ruckus that saw two members of arch rivals SP and BSP locked in fisticuffs.

Karunanidhi said the point raised by Yadav was taken up by DMK MP T R Baalu at a meeting of Parliamentary party leaders in Delhi.

Holding that the Bill is an "important" one, the DMK chief requested the cooperation of all parties for its smooth passage in Parliament as only two days are left for the end of the current Monsoon session.


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