SP against promotion quota bill, BJP wants amendments
Soon after the Union cabinet today approved a constitutional amendment bill for reservation in job promotions to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, the Samajwadi Party said it will not let the bill pass in Parliament.delhi Updated: Sep 04, 2012 14:27 IST
Soon after the Union cabinet on Tuesday approved a constitutional amendment bill for reservation in job promotions to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, the Samajwadi Party said it will not let the bill pass in Parliament.
The party, which has taken a stand against the bill, accused the government of taking a politically motivated decision.
"We are against the bill. It is unconstitutional," Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Ram Gopal Yadav said.
"The Supreme Court has quashed it. Still the government wants to bring the bill because it is politically motivated," Yadav told reporters in New Delhi.
"Just as we did not allow the women's reservation bill to be passed, we will not allow this bill either," Yadav said.
But main opposition party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that though it would support the bill, some of its members had reservations and would suggest amendments.
"We are supporting the bill. But some members have some reservations. We will discuss it and suggest some amendments," BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.
Union law minister Salman Khurshid, however, said the government was committed to getting the bill passed.
"It was a decision taken in an all-party meeting. It is everyone's view," Khurshid said.
According to government sources, the bill is likely to be tabled in Parliament on Wednesday or Thursday.