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Rajya Sabha scuffle: SP, BSP MPs involved in scuffle over quota bill

As Agrawal from SP and Karimpuri of the BSP pushed each other in the aisle in the presence of the Prime Minister, other members looked stunned

 
New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday witnessed high drama as a scuffle broke out between members of Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) when the government introduced a contentious Constitution amendment bill to provide reservation in promotion to Scheduled Castes (SCs) and the Scheduled Tribes (STs) in government jobs, reports PTI.
 
The bill, which seeks to circumvent a Supreme Court order quashing such a decision of Uttar Pradesh government in April, seeks to bring certainty and clarity in the matter by substituting a clause of Article 16 of the Constitution.
 
The scuffle broke out as soon as Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien asked the government to move the Constitution (117th Amendment) Bill, 2012.
 
Members of SP, a party opposed to the bill, were on their feet and party MP Naresh Agrawal proceeded towards the Well.
 
He was encountered by BSP member Avatar Singh Karimpuri, who grabbed the SP member by his collar to prevent him from trooping into the Well.
 
At this, other members from the BSP including Brajesh Pathak immediately intervened and held back Karimpuri.
 
Tempers ran high as the scuffle continued for a few minutes before Karimpuri was finally made to take his seat.
 
Soon marshals were called in the House.
 
Amid the commotion, the bill was introduced by Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy.
 
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was present when the incident took place.
 
Six SP members including Ramgopal Yadav and Agrawal then rushed to the Well 
 
Members from the BJP continued with their protest over the coal block allocation issue but they chose not to troop into the well today. They kept standing and shouting slogans seeking the Prime Minister's resignation.
 
SP members, who were in the well protesting against the quota bill, rushed towards the treasury benches as soon as the Chair asked Narayanasamy to introduce the legislation.
 
Congress members, however, tried to pacify the agitated MPs from SP, which is supporting UPA government from outside.
 
As Agrawal and Karimpuri pushed each other in the aisle, other members looked stunned.
 
Agrawal, who was attempting to reach the Chair apparently to snatch papers from Kurien, was prevented from doing so by the marshals.
 
Even as the high drama continued, Narayanasamy introduced the bill in the din, which was welcomed by the BSP members including Mayawati with the thumping of desk. As soon as the bill was introduced, Kurien adjourned the House till 2pm.
 
The bill, if passed, will enable the government to continue the scheme of reservation in promotion for the SC/ST as it existed since 1995.
 
The amendment will give retrospective effect to the proposed amended clause (4A) of Article 16 with effect from the date of its coming into force originally on 17 June 1995.
 
The original clause introduced in 1995 said: "Nothing in this Article shall prevent the State from making any provision for reservation in matters of promotion, with consequential seniority, to any class or classes of posts in the services under the State in favour of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes which, in the opinion of the State, are not adequately represented in the services under the State."
 
The amended Article says, "Notwithstanding anything contained elsewhere in the Constitution, the SCs and the STs notified under Article 341 and Article 342, respectively, shall be deemed to be backward and nothing in this Article or in Article 335 shall prevent the State from making any provision for reservation in matters of promotions, with consequential seniority, to any class or classes of posts in the services under the State in favour of the SCs and the STs to the extent of the percentage of reservation provided to the SCs and STs in the services of the State."
 
When the House adjourned after the Bill was introduced, some BSP members including Satish Mishra and Brajesh Pathak went to thank Narayanasamy.
 
Mishra and Narayanasamy were also seen talking to Agrawal in a bid to mollify him.
 

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Coal block allocation issue stalls Parliament for tenth day

As just three days remained for the Monsoon Session to conclude, there was little hope of normalcy returning with stalemate persisting in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha in the wake of the CAG report

 
New Delhi: With the logjam over coal block allocations refusing to die down, Parliament was paralysed for the tenth day today as BJP remained unrelenting on its demand for resignation of prime minister Manmohan Singh, reports PTI.
 
As just three days remained for the Monsoon Session to conclude, there was little hope of normalcy returning with stalemate persisting in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha in the wake of the CAG report.
 
Even as the Rajya Sabha continued to witness strong protest by the BJP over coal issue, the government managed to obtain Parliament’s nod to a key legislation seeking to create six AIIMS-like premier medical institutes across the country.
 
The passing of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill, 2012, in the Rajya Sabha now paves the way for creation of six AIIMS-like institutes in Patna, Bhopal, Raipur, Bhubaneshwar, Jodhpur and Rishikesh. The Lok Sabha has already passed the Bill.
 
After three adjournments earlier in the day, when the Upper House met at 4 pm, health and family welfare minister Ghulam Nabi Azad hurriedly moved the Bill, which was passed by voice vote amid uproar.
 
As the BJP continued to raise slogans over coal issue, Kurien adjourned the House immediately after passage of the Bill.
 
Soon after the two Houses met for the day, they were adjourned till noon after opposition triggered ruckus on the issue. Members of the DMK AIADMK, CPI and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) were in the well raising the Sri Lanka issue.
 
DMK members were opposing the training of Sri Lankan armed forces at an airbase in India, while AIADMK and VCK members were protesting the planned visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to Madhya Pradesh.
 
When the Lok Sabha reassembled at noon, the only work transacted was the passage of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, Bill 2012 without discussion by a voice vote amidst din.
 
While BJP members continued slogan-shouting in the well, PC Chacko, who was in the chair, ordered laying of papers.
 
After the papers were laid, minister of state for health S Gandhiselvan moved the NIMHANS Bill for consideration and passage. It was adopted by a voice vote amid thumping of desks by the members of the Treasury benches.
 
As soon as the Bill was passed, Mr Chacko adjourned the House for the day. 
 

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No end to Parliament impasse over CAG report on coal

The month-long session, which already lost the previous two weeks to BJP's unrelenting demand for resignation of PM, again saw uproar created by BJP members, leading to wastage of one more day of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha

 
New Delhi: With no end to the government and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stand-off over the report by Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on coal block allocation, the last week of the Monsoon session of Parliament began on Monday with a repeat of stormy scenes raising the possibility of a washout of the remaining four days, reports PTI.
 
The month-long session, which already lost the previous two weeks to BJP's unrelenting demand for resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, again saw uproar created by BJP members, leading to wastage of one more day of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
 
However, amid the din, three bills, including Protection of Women Against Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill, 2010, were passed in the Lok Sabha within minutes without any debate.  
 
The other two legislations were the North-Eastern Areas (Reorganisation) Amendment Bill, 2011, and the National Highways Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2011.
 
In the Rajya Sabha, repeated attempts by the government to ensure passage of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill, 2012, were thwarted by Left parties which insisted that these should not be cleared without a debate.
 
As the two Houses met for the day, it was the repeat of scenes witnessed over the last eight days with BJP members raising slogans and rushing into the Well to demand the Prime Minister's resignation.
 
Slogans like "Koyle ki dalali hai, Congress sarkar kali hai (brokerage of coal has turned Congress government black)" and "Pradhan Mantri Isteefa Do (Prime Minister should quit)" rent the air leading to clashes as Congress members countered.
 
Some UPA members were also seen waving the 'List of Business' at the agitating BJP members indicating their opposition to the disruption of the proceedings. 
 
AIADMK members in the Rajya Sabha too shouted slogans seeking resignation of the Prime Minister and targetting the government. Their party colleagues in the Lok Sabha were seen in the aisle raising some slogans.
 
P Lingam (CPI) was seen with a placard opposing the forthcoming visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to India. In the Rajya Sabha, DMK and the Left displayed placards saying 'Stop Training the Sri Lankan Army'.
 
Trouble began in the Lok Sabha soon after Speaker Meira Kumar read out the obituary reference to former member Kanshiram Rana.
 
Amidst the din, both Houses were adjourned till noon.
 
When the Rajya Sabha reassembled, similar scenes were witnessed with BJP members again rushing to the well leading to adjournment of the House till 2pm.
 
In the Lok Sabha, proceedings could be managed for almost 30 minutes amidst the din with the Speaker pushing the passage of the three legislations. She later adjourned the House for the day after the bills were adopted by voice vote.
 
But in the Rajya Sabha, plans of the government to seek passage of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill 2012 could not succeed because of Left parties' resistance to clearing the important legislation without any discussion.
 
This was despite the fact that Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien asked BJP members to go to their seats pleading that the bill be passed as it was very important.
 
However, as members remained unrelenting, he adjourned the House till 2pm. It was a similar story when the House re-assembled prompting Kurien to adjourn the House for the day.
 
Earlier, Kurien's attempts to take up a short notice question on whether companies may lose Rs6,000 crore every year due to cut in spot sales of coal also could not be taken up.
 
As YS Chowdhury (TDP), in whose name the question was listed, did not raise it, Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal laid his reply in the din and no supplementary question was asked.
 
Earlier, Chairman Hamid Ansari's repeated pleas to restore order went in vain as BJP members remained unrelenting in their slogan-shouting.
 
SP members were also up on their feet trying to raise certain issues but were inaudible. Ansari then adjourned the House till noon.
 

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