17 December New Delhi: Rajya Sabha will vote on the contentious quota in promotions bill on Monday with the Congress issuing whips to its MPs to vote in favour of it. Meanwhile the Samajwadi Party said that they will continue to oppose the bill.
SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav said that the party wanted a debate on the issue.
Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi had said yesterday that the party was “committed that there should be reservations in promotions for SCs and STs. We hope that we will be able to get the bill cleared in the Parliament.”
He was asked if the party was planning to issue a whip for voting on the bill on reservation for SCs and STs in promotions. “Definitely the party will issue a whip. Why will it not issue a whip?” Alvi responded.
As a result of the support to the UPA on FDI in retail, the Constitution Amendment Bill has been forcefully pushed by Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati. But SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has been opposing it. He has his eyes on the upper caste votes in Uttar Pradesh. The SP had also accused UPA of being hand in glove with the BSP.
SP spokesman Rajendra Chowdhury alleged that to deal with Mulayam, the Centre had adopted a policy to “blackmail” him.
Chowdhury, however, said “come what may, the SP will not change its stand.”
“Conspiracy is on to trap the SP supremo in the CBI net for not supporting FDI and a bill on quota in promotions,” he claimed in a statement in Lucknow yesterday.
After days of continuous disruption and unruly scenes in Parliament, the legislation is likely to draw requisite two thirds majority in the Upper House with all the major parties having declared their support to the law.
The government is caught in a bind on the stand taken by its two key outside supporters.