With the Congress-led government taking most of the credit for passage of Women's Reservation Bill in Rajya Sabha, BJP on Wednesday patted its own back for the success and criticised the UPA for forcible eviction of protesting MPs from the House.
Despite being in a minority in the Upper House, the Congress-led government and especially party chief Sonia Gandhi earned kudos for passage of the bill. BJP, however, said Congress showed undue haste by using marshals and trying to put the bill to vote without a debate.
It also said dissenters should have been allowed to vote.
"The government should not have used marshals. It should have tried to exhaust and fatigue the seven MPs who were not leaving the House after suspension. They could have waited till Wednesday morning and evicted these members when they went out of the House to attend nature's call or drink water, take medicines, etc," said a senior BJP leader.
The main opposition said since Gandhi wanted the bill to be passed yesterday itself, the Congress top brass was even going ahead with voting on it without a discussion.
"Home Minister P Chidambaram told us there cannot be a debate but we maintained that the bill cannot be passed without a discussion. Finally the government had to relent," a senior BJP MP said.
The praise heaped on Sonia Gandhi for passage of the 108th Constitutional Amendment has irked BJP.
"One should remember Gandhi is not a member of the Upper House. Moreover, the government does not have a two-thirds majority there. We are more in number and the credit should go to all parties," an MP said.
"Since the government was in a minority, onus of passing the bill was with us," said a senior BJP leader.