SP member Naresh Agarwal and Bahujan Samaj Party MP Avtar Singh Karimpuri physically pushed each other when the bill, which was approved by the union cabinet Tuesday, was introduced in the upper house by Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office V. Narayanasamy.
After Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien called the minister to table the bill, ruckus broke out in the house with the Samajwadi Party, which has been opposing the draft law in its present form, protesting vociferously.
Bharatiya Janata Party members, meanwhile, continued their protest demanding Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s resignation over coal blocks allocation.
Soon after the bill was introduced, the presiding officer adjourned the house till 2 p.m.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) said it will hold street protests against the UPA government introducing a bill to provide quotas in promotions in government jobs.
SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav told reporters outside the Parliament House, soon after the bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha, that his party would oppose the draft law in its present form.
The party is demanding that quotas, as provided for scheduled castes and tribes in the present bill, also be provided to other backward castes.
“We will go to the people against the (promotions quota) bill,” said Mulayam Singh Yadav.
“No one will tolerate when a junior is made a senior and a senior is made a junior,” he added.