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Women's Reservation Bill put to vote in Rajya Sabha

Agencies  New Delhi, March 09, 2010
First Published: 15:21 IST(9/3/2010) | Last Updated: 17:33 IST(9/3/2010)

Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari has put Women's Reservation Bill to vote without debate amid uproar by MPs. The MPs who were suspended today following their unruly behaviour in the House on Monday, held up Parliamment and raised slogans making it impossible for the proceedings to continue. They refused to leave the premises.

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Finally, marshals were called in to remove the unruly MPs.

Cracking the whip on disruptive MPs, Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari suspended seven members for the remaining part of the Budget session for their unruly behaviour in the House yesterday over the Women's Reservation Bill.

Congress appeared firm on ensuring the passage of the Women’s Quota Bill in Rajya Sabha despite continuing opposition to it.

Meanwhile, a meeting of political parties supporting the Women's Reservation Bill today failed to evolve a consensus on a strategy on its passage in Rajya Sabha with BJP and Left parties demanding that a discussion be held before voting.

The meeting was called by leader of Lok Sabha Pranab Mukherjee to discuss a strategy to ensure a smooth passage of the Constitution amendment bill.

Sources said the meeting failed to reach a consensus on the passage of the proposed law with BJP and Left parties conveying that they wanted a discussion on it before it was put for voting.

The Opposition parties also put the onus on the government for ensuring order in the Upper House during a discussion on the measure.


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