n18
NEWS|Current Affairs 
   |
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati. Photo: PTI

Impatient over the delay in passing a bill that promises reservations for Dalits and tribals in job promotions, the BSP Wednesday stalled both houses of parliament, directly attacking Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Hamid Ansari.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, apparently, tried to hit two birds with one stone by telling Ansari that running the house was his responsibility, and putting pressure on the government by asking her party members not to let the Lok Sabha run.

A day after Ansari suggested scrapping or shifting the question hour as members were regularly disrupting the proceedings, Mayawati stunned the Rajya Sabha by blaming the chairman for non-functioning of the upper house.

"I am not ready to listen to anything...," Mayawati said, interrupting the question hour.

"...The house does not run after 12. You are the chairman of the house. It is your responsibility that the house is in order," she said.

Certain comments which launched a direct assault at the chair were however expunged later.

Ansari said he was "upset" by the comments and it would be difficult for him to work in such conditions.

"I am upset, it will be difficult to work in such a situation," he said told some members, according to an MP present in a meeting soon after the house was adjourned.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath, Rajya Sabha Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and several key leaders were present at the meeting.

According to highly-placed sources, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called up Ansari after the incident and expressed his concern over the development.

Mayawati, however, defended her remarks and accused the government of not being serious about passing the promotion quota bill.

She said both the government and "BJP and company" had assured that the quota bill would be taken up after the house debated foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail.

By convention, members do not cast personal aspersions on the chair.

The chairman presides over the question hour while zero hour and subsequent proceedings are generally conducted by the deputy chairman.

A cabinet minister, who did not wish to be named, called Mayawati's outburst "pressure tactics".

"She is using pressure tactics by disrupting the Lok Sabha over coal blocks issue so the government pushes the jobs quota bill," the minister told IANS.

Both the Congress and the BJP, meanwhile, made calculated comments terming Mayawati's remark on Ansari "unfortunate".

"It is unfortunate (Mayawati made the remarks)...the chairman made certain observations Tuesday, we should watch our conduct," Congress spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Renuka Chowdhury told reporters.

BJP spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain said: "It is unfortunate. The government is responsible for the situation, it is because of their behaviour they (BSP) are behaving like this."

The upper house has witnessed repeated disruptions over the past week over the constitution amendment bill on promotion quotas.

While the BSP is pressing the government to pass the quota bill so that Mayawati can showcase it as a victory to her voters in Uttar Pradesh, the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in the state is dead opposed to the legislation to keep its other backward classes vote bank intact.

The Congress is in a bind as both the SP and the BSP helped the United Progressive Alliance win in parliament the crucial vote on allowing 51 percent FDI in multi-brand retail last week.

Congress managers have been trying hard to end the logjam over the jobs promotion quota bill but have achieved little success so far.

An all-party meeting called by Ansari failed to find a solution.

Government sources said they were still hopeful of working out a compromise formula but agreed that the SP was proving to be a tough customer.

The Congress tried to hit the middle ground by saying the bill was an emotive issue for both the SP and the BSP but said it was different from FDI in retail.

"It is an emotive issue in a large state like Uttar Pradesh but it is different from the FDI issue," said Chowdhury.

The Congress also said it could not force its views on any other party (read the SP).

"It is not for us to spell out our stand and force it down on any other party," she said.

Tag : #Mayawati #M. Hamid Ansari

Proposal made to shift Prophet's tomb in Saudi, says report

from firstpost

Proposal made to shift Prophet's tomb in Saudi, says report

A reputed Saudi academic has compiled a document that proposes to destroy the tomb of Prophet Mohammed and remove his remains from the grave, according to mediareports.The tomb of Prophet Mohammed, wh...


Now, BJP legislator demands dress code for men on Goa beaches

from firstpost

Now, BJP legislator demands dress code for men on Goa beaches

Panaji: A senior Goa BJP legislator today demanded dress code for men on the beaches, days after a state minister sought a ban on bikinis at the seaside. "There should be proper dress code at par...

Egypt: Bomb goes off in Sinai, 11 policemen dead

from firstpost

Egypt: Bomb goes off in Sinai, 11 policemen dead

El-Arish, Egypt: A roadside bomb ripped apart an armored police vehicle travelling in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, killing 11 policemen, including an officer, security and medical offic...

150-metres long tunnel dug up to infiltrate terrorists: Indian Army

from firstpost

150-metres long tunnel dug up to infiltrate terrorists: Indian Army

Jammu: A 150 metres long tunnel which was recently discovered ear a forward post along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu region's sensitive Pallanwala sector, was apparently aimed at infiltrating terrorist...

Army says 150-metre long tunnel dug up to infiltrate terrorists

from firstpost

Army says 150-metre long tunnel dug up to infiltrate terrorists

Jammu: A 150-metre long tunnel which was recently discovered near a forward post along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu region's sensitive Pallanwala sector, was apparently dug up for infiltrating terrori...

US must talk sense into Ukraine over NATO bid: Russia

from firstpost

US must talk sense into Ukraine over NATO bid: Russia

Moscow: Russia said on Tuesday that Ukraine's moves to join NATO were aimed at undermining efforts to end the war in the east of the country, and called on Washington to use its influence and "ta...

Intl rights group accuses Islamic State of war crimes in Iraq

from firstpost

Intl rights group accuses Islamic State of war crimes in Iraq

Baghdad: An international rights group accused the extremist Islamic State group on Tuesday of carrying out a systematic campaign of "ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq that includes mass ki...