Allies BSP and SP supporting the UPA from outside today created repeated obstructions in the Rajya Sabha prompting an angry BJP to allege that the Government has decided not to run the House because of its “number game”.
Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley also demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is the Leader of the House, should come and clarify whether the Government wanted to run the House or not.
However, as the din continued on quota in promotion for SCs/STs in Government jobs, Deputy Chairman P. J. Kurien adjourned the House for the day at noon.
As soon as the House assembled in the morning, the BSP stalled Question Hour demanding construction of a memorial for B. R. Ambedkar in Mumbai.
Although Chairman Hamid Ansari said a statement by the Government was listed on the agenda and the announcement would be made at noon, BSP chief Mayawati insisted that Question Hour be suspended and the statement be made forthwith leading to the adjournment of the House till noon.
When the House reassembled, Minister of State of Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla made the announcement.
Mayawati then insisted on details of the memorial plan. As the issue was resolved with an assurance that Textile Minister Anand Sharma would give a detailed reply, SP members trooped into the Well shouting slogans against quota in promotion for SCs/STs in Government jobs.
Interestingly, even as BSP members, including its chief Mayawati, kept silent and remained in their seats, some members from the Congress, including J. D. Seelam and Praveen Rashtrapal, countered the SP members angrily.
While SP members led by Naresh Agrawal shouted in the well promotion mein reservation nahin chalega, some Congress members shouted back promotion mein reservation hokar rahega.
After the House adjourned for the day, Mayawati sat next to the Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley and talked to him briefly. Jaitley and some other BJP leaders were also seen chatting with BSP leader S. C. Misra.